That is a slightly different argument to the one I'm making. I'm arguing
specifically for a less ambitious 2013 plan so that we can concentrate on
getting our house in order and planning for the future. We can go crazy
again in 2014 once we have everything in place to do it properly.
I don't necessarily see a problem with throwing money at problems. If it is
a problem worth fixing and throwing money at it is the easiest way to fix
it, then why not? We have money.
Volunteers are very important to our organisation, but they are important
because we realise they are generally the best solution. In cases where
they aren't, we shouldn't be afraid to use better solutions.
That said, we certainly do need to work on improving our volunteer base -
the volunteer coordinator is one of the things that shouldn't get crossed
On Sep 23, 2012 3:47 PM, "Tom Morris" <tom(a)tommorris.org> wrote:
On Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 11:08 PM, Thomas Dalton
Please see my new blog post here:
TL;DR: Wikimedia UK has had many successes throughout the last four
years, but it has moved too fast and this has caused problems. We need
to stop and think. To give ourselves time to do that, we need to
rewrite the 2013 Activity Plan so we’re not doing too much.
I have to agree with some of this.
I think that there is definitely a risk with Wikimedia UK that because
of the relatively large budget the chapter has, the board may rush
headlong into things which there isn't volunteer backing for.
We need to focus more on ensuring that we have enough volunteers that
we can actually pursue the goals we want. The important thing is that
all of the projects Wikimedia UK really ought to be pursuing are the
sorts of things that you can't just throw money at to solve. The money
should be there to support the activities of volunteers rather than
having the strange situation of having the money and the staff and the
ideas ready to go and having to scrape around to find volunteers.
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