[Foundation-l] Board elections

Philippe Beaudette philippebeaudette at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 01:58:37 UTC 2008

Stephen's points are all well made.  I think it would be particularly 
prudent to figure out voting system and translators as early as possible. 
Also, it seemed we were scrambling to localize the election wiki at the last 
minute last year - getting started on that would be a help as well (which 
drives Stephen's second question: who to involve).

I'm also curious about the community's response to the endorsements system 
used last time, and whether it makes sense to do it again - and whether the 
required number of endorsements should be raised (I'm inclined to believe 
they should - most candidates met the requirement VERY quickly last year).


From: "Stephen Bain" <stephen.bain at gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 6:58 PM
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Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Board elections

> On Feb 19, 2008 11:45 AM, Florence Devouard <anthere at anthere.org> wrote:
>> It seems quite early to start talking about future board elections, but
>> members of the previous election committee have expressed the
>> recommandation that more time would be the key for 2008 board elections.
> It's certainly not too early; many of the problems last year were
> simply the result of the election committee running out of time to do
> things.
> Some issues that we can start thinking about now include:
> * translations - we can start identifying people now who will be
> willing to help translate the election pages - last year there were
> fewer translations completed than in previous years
> * third-party involvement - will we invite SPI or another third-party
> to help conduct the election again?
> * changes to process - now is a good time to have discussions among
> the Wikimedia community about the mechanics of the election process,
> while there is plenty of time to implement changes
> -- 
> Stephen Bain
> stephen.bain at gmail.com
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