[Foundation-l] Update of Foundation organization

GerardM gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Mon Mar 5 20:23:26 UTC 2007

There may be many people volunteering their time. There is a great lack of
people for specific functions.

Yes, volunteers are given tasks/responsibilities. It is however up to them
to decide what they want to do and when they do them. They are volunteers,
they cannot be told. The notion of relying on a specific task to be done in
a certain time frame is something you CAN demand of an employee not from a

PS I have some sort of official capacity; I am a member of the language
committee. Some people say that we take our time. I would argue that this is
not necessarily a bad thing.


On 3/5/07, Oldak Quill <oldakquill at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 05/03/07, GerardM <gerard.meijssen at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hoi,
> > An employee brings minimally as his/her commitment to work 40 hours a
> week.
> > An employee can be told to do what is deemed necessary by the
> organisation.
> > An employee is part of an hierarchy and he/she does not have the option
> to
> > say "Sorry, but like you I am a volunteer".
> >
> > These are all things that are really relevant differences. Strange that
> I
> > did not have to think hard nor long to come up with just this initial
> list.
> > When I think of it, a professional can be hired to do the things where
> we do
> > not have the volunteers to do these tasks.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >     GerardM
> Based on the fact that Wikimedia Foundation has such a large pool of
> volunteers, I think the 40 hour week difference makes little
> difference. Is there a reason why Wikimedia Foundation can't contract
> volunteers (as charity shops do)? Similarly, there is no reason why
> the Foundation can't give official positions to volunteers who can be
> trusted to work a minimum number of hours a week (with or without a
> contract). Such volunteers would be given a job description and be
> asked to do things by the Foundation in the way an employee would.
> --
> Oldak Quill (oldakquill at gmail.com)
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