Ray Saintonge wrote:
The Council would be made up of active
Wikimedians, and could be
involved in the detailed co-ordination of projects in a way that best
assures and balances with the autonomy of each project. It would have
limited decision making power within pre-defined parameters.
And *if* we decide so (and *this* of course is controversial), they
could be a body elected board members.
Or, if the board appoints some of its members, it could be the body
suggesting a list of names (of wikipedians or of external people) to the
board to pick up some future board members from it.
I think that it's important for the members of the proposed working
group to be open-minded about this. I have never given that idea much
thought, but it's easy to see both good and bad in it. The general
Wikimedia community needs to feel confident that the council is going to
protect the broad influence of the community rather than act like a
bunch of oligarchs.