Dan Rosenthal wrote:
Really? Cause I didn't get that message at all.
What I got out of it
was, "The board intends to consolidate the power of the existing big
name chapters, and make some gesture of including them on the board,
but we're actually not addressing substantively the issue of making it
easy for them to actually form and be approve."
Big names ?
What do you mean ?
What came out of the chapter meeting in May is that there should be no
such thing such as inequality between chapters. Since then, a few people
have objected this, but generally, there was a perception that the
representatives would not be there to "consolidate" the power of big
chapters, but rather to be people chosen by chapters to propose another
approach that other board members would not bring.
The resolution leading to the addition of these two members was
absolutely not meant to solve any issue regarding the way chapters are
approved or not. That's a completely different matter.
There's no excuse for blaming the chapters or the
people in them when
the system for developing and approving them is fundamentally flawed.
I can not speak for the "approving" part (eg, recognising as Wikimedia
chapter). But ultimately, the business of wikimedians choosing to group
and form a local organization is nowhere the business of the Foundation.
On Nov 2, 2008, at 11:55 AM, Florence Devouard wrote:
In my view, when the board of WMF decided to let
chapters select two
representatives, it was also a heavy message to the chapters: collect
your wits and be grown ups. I am not quite sure how chapters can
board members when they are not even able to self organize to get a
common mailing list for an election. That's not necessarily out of bad
will, but mostly poor infrastructure and lack of cooperation.
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