[Foundation-l] Rethinking brands

Robert Horning robert_horning at netzero.net
Wed May 9 16:08:11 UTC 2007

Florence Devouard wrote:
> The way I read it (forgive me if I am wrong), your email seems to be 
> implying that this is a suggestion from WMF. It is not so. It has not 
> been discussed on the board, and even less agreed upon. Take it for what 
> it is, a simple suggestion by one person, not a wmf suggestion.
> Note that there is chance other suggestions are made by board members 
> during elections time. Please take these suggestions as platform 
> discussion, not as wmf position.
> Thanks
> Ant

Permit me if I may, there have been many "suggestions" that have been 
made on this list recently with the seeming official stamp of approval 
(some with notes of discussion of the WMF board, others not so much), 
and this is the thinking of at least one member of that board.  Quite 
often discussions like this quickly turn into actual policy and have 
impact directly on individual projects, and this is a radical policy 
change.  And this proposal/suggestion was not made in the context of any 
upcoming elections or any campaign platform.

In this case, some substantial opposition to this proposal has been 
voiced, and there is some concern that this may have even more 
widespread support among board members than just this one individual.  
Since most of us aren't privy to most board discussions, it can be 
difficult to tell if this is something that has been discussed at length 
previously or simply a random thought.

I do appreciate that you have voiced at least a neutral attitude toward 
this idea as perhaps a future direction for Wikimedia projects.

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