On 2 January 2016 at 21:25, Kevin Gorman <kgorman(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Thank you for coming forward, Ben and Asaf.
Yes, thank you. These statements cast a much needed healthy light on
the events leading up to James being kicked off the WMF board.
If documents were intentionally held from James while
he was still in fact
a sitting trustee that were either distributed to other trustees, that were
drectly asked for by James, or that were reasonably necessary for him to
uphold his duties of loyalty and care to WMF, I believe an outside
investigation by a nonprofit consulting group that WMF doesn't have a
pre-existing relationship is likely necessary.
This now appears unacceptably sordid politicking by at least some of
the current board of trustees, and is sufficient cause for involved
trustees to promptly resign. However based on the past behaviour and
statements of the unelected board members, this will never happen by
itself. As has been suggested on this list several times, an
independent review with published recommendations for both immediate
action and longer term improvement is necessary. Appropriate ethical
trustee behaviour would then be seen to be in place and measured.
I don't see how any Wikimedian can claim the current board of the WMF
to be competent. No board should be beyond accountability for their
actions. It's time to see some swift credible changes made, that have
more impact than re-arranging the deckchairs.