[Foundation-l] Why is it...

Tomasz Ganicz polimerek at gmail.com
Thu Apr 26 09:20:18 UTC 2007

2007/4/26, Delphine Ménard <notafishz at gmail.com>:
> ... that every time community input is asked on a subject by a board
> member, little to none is given?
> And why is it that every time the same things that were put up for
> discussion are said "approved' or "official" suddenly everyone finds
> something to say?
> Shouldn't it be the other around?

IMHO the problem is that in many cases the current process of decision
making is not transparent. Therefore the general community knows about
the decision after it is made and start to directly affect them.
Moreover, in many cases the reasons of decisions are not well
explained or even not explained at all.

There should be clear system of discussion of Board with community. For example:
1. The Board or a given Wikimedia committee officially announce "Let's
start discussion about a given topic, this discussion is important,
because The Board or Committee is about to make crucial decision -
discussion will end at: give a date".
2. The discussion is on
3. The Board summarizes the main conclusions of discussion putting it
on meta page.
4. The Board announce officially the decision with detailed
explanation of reasons on Foundation wiki and also broadcast it to all
whom this decision affects.
5. If the "wild" discussion is still going on - it is simply ignored.

Tomek "Polimerek" Ganicz

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