[Foundation-l] Future board elections

Newyorkbrad (Wikipedia) newyorkbrad at gmail.com
Sat Dec 29 18:27:36 UTC 2007

Since we are on the subject of Board elections, this might be a good
time to restart the discussion on Meta concerning the rules and
procedures for the elections. The Elections Committee for the last
(June 2007) election (on which I served, as did Aphaia and four other
Wikipedians) was appointed very late in the process. As a result,
there was no real opportunity to discuss making any major changes to
the rules and procedures, even if members had wanted to do so. To
avoid the same situation in 2008, the 2007 committee recommended that
this year the organization of the election start much earlier, partly
for this reason and partly to ensure the best publicity, increase time
to translate the notices, etc. As it happened, from my point of view
last year's procedures worked fine and there is no need for major
changes, but that should be a conscious community decision and not
just a default one.


On 12/29/07, Aphaia <aphaia at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for your reply, Florence.
> On Dec 30, 2007 12:48 AM, Florence Devouard <Anthere9 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > I am aware this will make more difficult for all members to meet
> > together and should increase costs for meetings. However, it seems to be
> > a more reasonable number to welcome both community members and
> > outsiders, avoid putting too much constant pressure on volunteers,
> > provide more diversity of skills and allow room for resignations...
> I've taken the point about "more reasonable number to welcome both
> community members and
> > outsiders" (since Jan-Bart, originally designed an outsider expert claimed
> proudly to be a part of community [cf. Board Election 2007] and another
> appointed ex-life member Jimmy is even considering to run for the next
> Election, this argument makes a sense, I think), "more diversity and room
> for resignation". However, since all Wikimedia Board of Trustees are
> volunteers, while they take many responsibilities and take care of things in
> reality not only the highest level of management, but still they are
> volunteers, it is rather difficult for me to figure out how this increment
> can help avoid "putting too much constant pressure on volunteers".
> Can you please give us some examples to deepen our comprehension?
> Cheers,
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