On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 1:36 PM, Jimmy Wales <jimmywales(a)wikia-inc.com>
We went back and forth in pleasant emails discussing
the situation and
as a part of that I said: "I am always in favor of more community
consultation." I went on to discuss a bit that I didn't think we were
at the point where a full-scale community consultation (like the one
that legal did on revising the terms of service) was necessary for a
mere $250,000 grant. But I was supportive of consulting the community.
Here is what I don't understand: both Dariusz and James have said that they
pushed hard for transparency and community engagement about the project at
that time, and expressed concern that there hadn't been any. Do you not
remember that? Yet nothing happened.
If they were in favour, and you were in favour, why didn't it happen? Who
Why was there resistance from other board members to even show James and
Dariusz the documentation that was later leaked?
And there are things in the FAQs even today, like the plans for "public
curation or relevance", that are of material interest to volunteers,
because they are the ones envisaged to be doing that work.
Wikimedia volunteers have never been called upon to determine search engine
rankings. It's a whole new field of activity.