Well if you look at the costs of VLE, for example, there are hosting and development costs and then the costs of writing new modules. 4.5K would still buy quite a few new modules, just not as many as 9.5K would - and asyou say, there's always next year. Similarly I would expect that a one-day GLAM conference would cost a little more than half of a two-day conference. It wouldn't cover so much, but it still would be a conference.

Nevertheless, if there are particular activities that you think we ought not to be doing, please make a case. I can't guarantee that the Board will agree with you, but I do promise we'll give serious consideration to all the feedback we get from the community.


On 27 September 2012 18:18, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton@gmail.com> wrote:
On 27 September 2012 18:15, Chris Keating <chriskeatingwiki@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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:
>> http://uk.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=2013_Activity_Plan&diff=29303&oldid=29136
>> 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.

That's sounds very reminisent of politicians saying they are going to
make budget cuts by cutting waste. I don't believe them either...

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