Though I should clarify a few issues. 4 different issues have been raised
in this thread and it's important that they don't get conflated.
1. "Paid editing"
To respond to Tom Dalton's original point, there isn't any specific
Wikimedia UK policy on "paid editing". We have never actively decided not
to have one, we just don't - this is really the Wikipedia community's call
Wikimedia UK's sole involvement with this to date has been the despatch of
a few booklets. Really, with most organisations, we'd just have sent the
booklets, and it's only because of Roger's position that it took a board
discussion to do so.
For the future - at the meeting last weekend, the Board decided that it
would be an interesting project to get more involved with. We looked at a
draft memorandum of understanding that would enable us to be clear about
the terms of engagement with the project in future, and thought it needed
some more work. Part of that work would involve defining shared
expectations and establishing what Wikimedia UK's involvement would add -
and if we found that "marketing Gibraltar as a tourist destination" was all
Gibraltar cared about, I doubt we would proceed any further.
I would also point out that we have not received any proposals for us to
spend any money or use more than a trivial amount of staff time on this.
3. Conflicts of interest
Our conflict of interest policy is available here:
and is supported
by the Declarations of Interest register here:
. The Conflict of
Interest policy is modelled quite closely on Charity Commission guidance
and is very clear that we can't pay our board members, and that if they
have a conflict of interest on a particular item they have to recuse
themselves. We have followed this policy in all discussions related to the
subjects mentioned in this thread.
There is some debate on the Board about whether we need to develop this
policy further, and members' views are welcome.
is owned by Roger Bamkin and Terence Eden, who have been
maintaining it, along with qrwp.org
(where the "qrpedia" links resolve), as
volunteers. An agreement between Roger and Terence on the one hand and
Wikimedia UK on the other is in the works, shouldn't take more than a few
weeks to finish off, and will provide a firm basis for the growing use of
Wikipedia-linked QR codes in future.
Chair, Wikimedia UK