On Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 7:28 AM, Gordon Joly <gordon.joly(a)pobox.com> wrote:
On 17/09/12 02:09, Andreas Kolbe wrote:
Jimbo has commented on his talk page:
So nice to agree.... with Jimbo.
Paid work as Trustee is not against Charity Commission rules. We agreed
But to take on Monothopedia and Gib-Pedia? And stay on as a Trustee?
It was noted that he sits out of discussions on such projects.
Time to sit out. For good, Roger? And carry on the good work (but not as a
I'm sorry, but I agree with Jimbo as well on this. It's simply not
appropriate for board members to do private business on the strength of
their board membership.
This is paid Wikipedia editing and paid Wikipedia-based PR work, leveraging
a Wikimedia UK directorship. It looks terrible.
Take coverage like this article here:
"The enthusiasm and conviction radiating from both the Min. for Tourism,
Neil Costa and Clive Finlayson who came up with the idea of *marketing
Gibraltar as a tourist product through Wikipedia* which the Ministry for
Tourism has embarked upon, leaves one without a doubt that the venture will
truly be a success."
As things stand, we can look forward to Wikimedia UK directors getting
involved in a long string of similar for-profit Wikipedia-based marketing
campaigns, all conducted with the apparent seal of approval of Wikimedia
I say that as someone who thought Monmouthpedia was a great and pioneering
project that offered educational value consistent with the WMF mission. But
Wikimedia UK directors cannot be seen to be in the business of tourism
marketing, and be seen to be offering themselves for sale to the highest
Anyone who engages in paid on-wiki marketing efforts for their private
clients should ipso facto be excluded from WMUK board membership, join the
ranks of paid editors, and perform their work under the watchful eyes of
the community, without the shelter of WMUK.