Hi Tom;

On Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 5:52 PM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton@gmail.com> wrote:
I see Jon has gone through the 2013 plan cutting it back:


With a comment on the talk page saying: "adjusted to reflect board
agreement to draw back on 2013 commitments".

I don't know if my suggestion to it cut it back played a part in the
board's decision, but if it did than thank you for listening! However,
I am concerned about the way the budget has been cut back. They've
just gone through reducing each budget item, rather than actually
removing anything (apart from two of the developer posts).

Yes, your suggestion has had an impact, and yes, we feel that on reflection we need to scale back our growth.

However, we are still working on the basis of hitting the 1 October deadline for the FDC bid.

Essentially we are paring back some estimates that were either cautious (in the sense of "what's the most we could spend on the GLAM conference?") or optimistic (in the sense of "What's the most we could spend on Wikimedians in Residence"?) while leaving the direction of travel unchanged. This will, indeed, result in somewhat less work overall - but just as importantly it will mean less risk of underspent budgets, which are in themselves a bit unhealthy.