On 19 September 2012 14:13, Andreas Kolbe <jayen466(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I would ask that you resign from the board.
Perhaps it's not my place to say this, but here goes anyway. I've edited
Wikipedia articles on and off for a few years, but after attending a couple
of absolutely splendid local outreach events I was inspired to actually
join the UK chapter and subscribe to this mailing list.
In the two or three months I've been lurking here, I've witnessed two
campaigns for board members to resign, and I have to say I'm beginning to
wonder quite what sort of organisation I've joined. I know almost nothing
about the background to either of these cases, and to be honest I don't
really think I want to know. Maybe the critics do have a point, after
all. Certainly the trustees of a charity should behave with decorum and
integrity, so I wouldn't want to gainsay any legitimate attempts to hold
them to account. But it seems that all the necessary information was made
available to the voting members well before the election, and they
collectively decided that they'd still rather elect these people to the
board. So in the absence of compelling further evidence, which this
doesn't appear to be, I'd have thought that's that until the next election.
I'm on the board of a small educational charity myself, and I'm very glad
that I and my fellow trustees don't have to put up with constant sniping
from the sidelines, calls for our resignation, or suspiciously-timed
articles appearing in the national press. If we did, I'd almost certainly
just say to hell with it, and walk away.
I suppose my question is: does this sort of politicking actually serve the
aims of Wikimedia UK at all, and if not could it perhaps stop soon? It
just seems as though all this infighting does far more damage to the
reputation of the chapter than the fact that one of the trustees was
temporarily banned, under somewhat questionable circumstances, from editing
Wikipedia, or that one of the other trustees might have got a handful of
free leaflets in connection with a pretty cool-sounding outreach initiative
he's working on.
Anyway, if you'll excuse me, I've got a stack of other things to do this
afternoon so I'm going to get back to them.