Movement roles project/User Groups
This is kept for historical interest. Any policies mentioned may be obsolete.
Related to now concluded Wikimedia movement roles project.
Please help improve these draft parameters through edits or suggestions on the talk page.
- Name: Wikimedia User Groups
- Mission: Variable within the overall mission of supporting and promoting the Wikimedia projects
- Territorial range: Variable; assumed to be mostly regional, but could work across national boundaries
- Incorporation: Any – Wikimedia groups can be incorporated or not as they see fit
- Minimum rights:
- Simplified access to grants
- Basic use of the Wikimedia trademarks for promotion and organization of projects and events
- Minimum duties:
- Active work
- Transparent reporting
- Good cooperation with other entities
- Trademark use: Basic standard use; more extensive usage possible case-by-case, on permission from WMF
- Origin of funds: Case-by-case WMF/Chapter grants possible or dedicated chapter grants if they exist
- Relationship with overlapping entities: While entities are not in a hierarchy, they need to agree how to coexist in a geography to streamline their communication and avoid duplicate work. Wikimedia groups/associations would be expected to ask other entities for support more than vice-versa.
- Board and membership: Open membership
- Transparency and communication: Full info about organizers (for case-by-case grants and trademark usage)
- Capacity to sign agreements with third parties: Can help with informal negotiations, or minor agreements such as hosting or support for a local event, but WMF or chapter if they exist would sign partnership agreements
- Recognition from: Affiliations Committee, with support from staff: staff will process the original requests, and submit recs to the Committee for approval. [WMF staff would be available to handle any such requests; chapters can also where chapters want to handle this within their geography]
- Minimum requirements for recognition: A very lightweight process, intended for hundreds of groups and consisting of:
- Listing a group's information in a public place
- Confirmation of the contact person's identity
- A clear definition of their focus, motivation and time period for which recognition is requested
- Plans for offline work? (to distinguish these from online wikiProjects)
- Recognition document: Public listing on meta; email to contact person; identification of the contact to the WMF.
- Groups could request limited recognition – limited in terms of either time or intent.
- Reporting requirements: Regular public updates on wiki page
- Mentoring and support: From chapter, where in existence and only if requested by group
- Change of status possible: Yes
- Withdrawal of recognition: Affiliations Committee, if necessary, by unlisting and informing group
- Examples: WikiProject Tree of Life, Wikibooks Translation Team, Semantic MediaWiki Association
- Other considerations: The existence of associations should make it easier for any group to get started and develop programs.