[Foundation-l] Foundation Discretion Regarding Personnel Matters

Jimmy Wales jwales at wikia.com
Sun Dec 16 03:50:04 UTC 2007

Jussi-Ville Heiskanen wrote:
> There are individuals who have stated they personally did not know anything,
> such as Jimbo, (who, surprisingly generously for those who haven't got a clue
> about what Jimbo is about, offered to pay out of his pocket any unlikely money
> lost due to hiring Carolyn) but that does in no way form a logical
> substitute for:
> "Pretty much every email from Mike and the board members".

Actually I did not say that I did not know anything.  I said that the 
Register story contained allegations that shocked me.  The rest of your 
analysis is right on target.

No one is saying that the board was 100% satisfied with everything, but 
there is a very very very long distance indeed between an employee and 
organization choosing to part company, and the kind of astounding things 
in the Register story (shooting people? fraud? fugitive from justice? yow!).

Mostly, I think arguing with Thomas any further is a waste of time for 
any of us.  An employee chooses to resign under difficult circumstances. 
  Both parties agree (for better or worse, and one can second guess one 
way or the other, but I am confident that the correct decision was made) 
that there is benefit to both in mutual non-disparagement.  There is no 
reason at the time to think there is anything more to it at all.  Later, 
allegations surface about the employee that were new, disturbing, 
shocking, etc.

One can take all that and demand to know absolutely everything down to 
the last email, or look at the whole thing sensibly and realize that, 
well, that whole situation sucked, some things went wrong, lessons 
better have been learned, etc.

And that's about where it has to end.

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