[Foundation-l] Report from Frankfurt - October 2006

Erik Zachte erikzachte at infodisiac.com
Thu Oct 26 17:44:12 UTC 2006

Tomasz "Polimerek" Ganicz
> Does it mean you have produced some sort of document with your
> recommendations to the Board? If yes, I think, this document, even if
> very long, would be much more interesting to read, than all the above
> general, abstract statements wich in fact says nothing...

Oscar thank you for what you did, but in my view you did not earn your right
to complain yet. I also would have expected a more in depth coverage of such
a crucial meeting. To name one thing specifically: what was the outcome of
the SWOT analysis? I'm sure you all did not do that hard work without taking
notes? You might include the SWOT outcome unedited, that saves time.

> I will spare you all the details

Who are you sparing here? Might that not be yourself in the first place ;)
I'm sure many readers of this list would not mind an extra page or two. If
you can't spare the time maybe split up the work after all. It is not our
fault that the organiser of this event forgot to rent the Big Brother house
for 3*24 hrs multichannel coverage ;)

Also I find it rather odd to present a list of priorities, where again as
you say you all put so much effort in, in alphabetical order. It does not
help to give us a sense of what was going on.

In August the board decided they needed a retreat among other things to
build better relations. Expensive but hey we need a board to be on good
terms which each other. Now this retreat grew into Wikimania 2006 part II,
it seems.

>  so let me here express the often heard plea for a next follow-up meeting:
a next step,
building on this first one.

Several times in past years the topic of a wikicouncil was raised
(originally by Jimbo). Ironically it seems to me that we now almost got an
impromptu wikicouncil, without difficult discussions about size, roles and
representativity. Like with the board itself I fear this 'retreat' might
transform into something noone had foretold. Of course wikis are all about
being bold, yet I learned how this principle can backfire and I reserve the
right to express my doubts.

Erik Zachte

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