[Foundation-l] Board-announcement: Board Restructuring

Dan Rosenthal swatjester at gmail.com
Wed Apr 30 03:49:34 UTC 2008

Your comparison, aside from being a strawman, does not even begin to  
compare to the difference between a board restructure, and whether the  
encyclopedia is online or not.

Nobody's asking for perfect conditions. But we'd like to see some sort  
of certainty and definition, rather than "we'll figure it out as we go  
along". The board is not a wiki, it is a board, and in wanting to  
bring professionalism to the board, actions should be well thought out  
and planned before being taken. There's no real good reason that I can  
see that this needs to be done immediately, rather than getting the  
chapter structure in an actually useful shape. In fact, there's many  
good reasons to wait, not the least of which being that the chapters  
will then actually represent people (and thus be "community seats"),  
and have had time to develop a plan on how to coordinate who they  
choose for the board.

On Apr 29, 2008, at 11:38 PM, Michael Snow wrote:

> Dan Rosenthal wrote:
>> Then why not wait to do this move until your vision of essentially
>> default chapter membership is actually a reality?
> And why not wait until the encyclopedia is finished before putting  
> it up
> on a website for people to look at? The Wikimedia Foundation is a work
> in progress. For all the talk about being a unique organization,  
> needing
> to think outside the box of traditional models, and partaking of the
> character of its community, sometimes I think we miss the ways in  
> which
> it actually has those qualities. As some people have suggested, I'm  
> sure
> the chapters will "be bold" in creating their part of the equation  
> here,
> and will continue to "edit" it for future improvements. I would hope  
> we
> do not stop evolving the global foundation while we wait for something
> to come along with the perfect conditions for change.
> --Michael Snow
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