[Foundation-l] Foundation Discretion Regarding Personnel

Jimmy Wales jwales at wikia.com
Sat Dec 15 07:30:28 UTC 2007

Durova wrote:
>> Given that the Register was going to break the story, would it not
>> have been appropriate to have broken it ourselves first--or given also
>> an interview to some other publication? Or at least be prepared to do
>> so simultaneously, by at least posting on slashdot.
>> This was not a good way to handle negative information   As well as
>> making sure we are legal, we should have perhaps consulted someone who
>> knows PR.
> ******
> I wholeheartedly agree.  With respect for the time pressures that
> undoubtedly applied in this case, a Register exclusive is not a good
> thing--particularly if the story turns out to be legitimate.  Perception
> matters and that would lend credibility to notion that other recent things
> they've run are substantive.  I write these words in the good faith hope
> that this publication is so seriously mistaken that no other press will pick
> up the story.

We did not have the information in the Register article until they 
actually ran the article.  I was stunned when I read it.  Therefore, it 
was impossible for us to "break the story" ourselves.


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