[Foundation-l] Board-announcement: Board Restructuring

Dan Rosenthal swatjester at gmail.com
Mon Apr 28 02:55:09 UTC 2008

I share your concerns. For instance WMF AU and WMF UK are going to be  
more likely to want to pick someone from the en.wp community, but are  
not likely to be familiar with potential candidates from say, ru.wp. A  
theoretical WMF Japan, however, would likely be wanting to pick  
someone from the jp.wp and have absolutely no familiarity with anyone  
from the en.wp, de.wp or other communities.

The end result is either that the chapters pick from their own, or  
they take outside direction as to who to pick (which then defeats the  
purpose of it being a community seat).


On Apr 27, 2008, at 10:40 PM, Delirium wrote:

> Florence Devouard wrote:
>> You are absolutely correct Mark.
>> But you may not have understood that chapters will not necessarily  
>> elect
>> chapter members ?
>> I even have the weakness to think that they will have the wisdom to
>> avoid that trap ;-)
> Well that's true, but they still get the vote---even if they elect
> someone else, they have the power to decide who to elect. I'm not  
> sure I
> like the power being distributed with such a skew, that for example
> Europeans get 9 input into the process nine times, and Japanese zero.
> Of course I don't really like the idea of chapters in the first place,
> so that's a whole separate issue (I tend to dislike nation-based
> organizations, especially as they tend to promote nationalism).
> -Mark
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