[Foundation-l] Board-announcement: Board Restructuring

Brian Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu
Wed Apr 30 07:03:53 UTC 2008

On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 10:52 AM, Brad Patrick <bradp.wmf at gmail.com> wrote:

>   Toiling on a project is neither a necessary nor sufficient condition to
> be a Board member at WMF.

I disagree with this and think it is wrong that it is possible to be a Board
member or Foundation employee with no editing experience and no involvement
in the community. It will always be the case that their first inclination
was not participation, but was rather money or power. Further, in my
experience, the best leaders are those who have also served on the front
lines. Without this first hand experience you may develop surface-level
knowledge of how the community works, but never understanding.  The more
Board members and Foundation employees there are that do not have this
experience, the further those bodies distance themselves from the

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