[Foundation-l] Board elections
axel9891 at googlemail.com
Wed Feb 20 17:58:22 UTC 2008
On 20/02/2008, Florence Devouard <Anthere9 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Philippe Beaudette wrote:
> > Hi Andrew:
> > I can only speak for my experience last year.
> > Last year, we had essentially three main tasks: rule-making,
> > and logistics.
> > 1) Rule-making was, far and away, the easiest. Part of that is because
> > were sort of locked into one voting system for technical and timing
> > (no time to change it really), although we spent a good deal of time
> > at it to see if it could be done prior to making a recommendation to the
> > board. Then, we created the endorsements system and wrote the documents
> > make them public that had the rules of the election on it. We also
> > who was eligible to vote in that election, etc.
> > 2) In Communication, we (by we, I mean "Aphaia" primarily) found people
> > translate the documents into as many languages as possible and posted
> > as many places as we could think of ... including the Village Pump or
> > equivalent on EVERY wiki ... and pushed the documents out as far as we
> > could. This took a major chunk of our time. Throughout the election,
> > communications dominated my life, and I can't even imagine how much work
> > Aphaia put into it.
> > 3) For logistics, we communicated with SPI to get their agreement to
> > and to audit, and we set up (by we, I mean "Tim and SPI") a wiki on
> > server. Then, the messages were localized on that Wiki and prepared for
> > voting. In addition, we reviewed each endorsement to see if they were
> > appropriate to the rules and watched (closely) for sockpuppets on the
> > wiki. We also had to deal with importing (and then re-importing,
> because of
> > a technical glitch) the list of voters with suffrage.
> > It was hard work. Frankly, there were some things that I wish we'd had
> > to do that just didn't get done. I couldn't even guess how many hours
> > into it for each committee member. The committee we had worked well
> > together, as a rule - like any group working under that much stress,
> > were disagreements - and worked hard. I can remember several IRC
> > that were hours long.
> > I hesitate to guess how many total hours I put in, but I'll tell you
> > when the election was over, my partner joked that he hadn't seen me in
> > weeks. I was up very late many nights, and cancelled a lot of
> > events in order to be online as each of our several deadlines rolled
> > My boss still shudders when I mention that time. So, while the time
> > commitment is great, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. As a study in
> > 2.0 communities, it's fascinating work. As a study in election systems
> > methods, it's even more fascinating.
> > Philippe
> > --------------------------------------------------
> > From: "Andrew Whitworth" <wknight8111 at gmail.com>
> > Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 8:21 AM
> > To: "Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List" <
> foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
> > Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Board elections
> >> A few quick questions about this: First, what are the responsibilities
> >> of this committee? How much work is involved in it? When does work
> >> start?
> >> I would love to volunteer for something like this, if an opening were
> >> available.
> >> --andrew whitworth
> Agreed, it seems to be a lot of hard work (not that I want to discourage
> anyone here :-)).
> One more point not mentionned: quite obviously, a member of the election
> committee must not be a candidate to the board himself.
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