[Foundation-l] Information about 2009 Board of Trustees election

Ting Chen wing.philopp at gmx.de
Wed May 27 09:30:03 UTC 2009

Hello Philippe,

I thought this year three candidates would be elected.


philippe wrote:
> Information concerning the election rules, candidacy, and suffrage/ 
> voting requirements for the 2009 election to the Board of Trustees is  
> now posted at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board_elections/2009/en.   
> I have copied it below, but for the wiki-links to work, you will - of  
> course - need to be on meta.
> For the election committee,
> Philippe
> ________________________
> The 2009 elections to the Board of Trustees will be held between  
> August 3rd and August 10th 2009. Members of the Wikimedia community  
> have the opportunity to elect one candidate to a two-year term which  
> will expire in 2011. The Board of Trustees is the ultimate governing  
> authority of the Wikimedia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit  
> organization registered in the United States. The Wikimedia Foundation  
> manages many diverse projects such as Wikipedia and Commons.
> The elections will be held securely on servers belonging to an  
> independent third party (to be confirmed). Votes are secret and are  
> only visible to the select few persons who audit and tally the  
> election. Voters will submit ranked preferences by numbering  
> candidates. The votes will be tallied using the Schulze methodto rank  
> candidates based on the number of voters who prefer that candidate  
> over other candidates.
> The Election Committee intends to announce the results on or before  
> August 12th. Detailed results will be available. All times on this  
> page are 00:00 (midnight) UTC.
> Contents [hide]
> 1 Information for voters
> 1.1 Requirements
> 1.2 How to vote
> 2 Information for candidates
> 2.1 Responsibilities as member of the Board
> 2.2 Prerequisites to candidacy
> 2.3 How to submit your candidacy
> 3 Organization
> 3.1 Time line
> 3.2 Translators
> [edit]Information for voters
> [edit]Requirements
> You may vote from any one registered account you own on a Wikimedia  
> wiki (you may only vote once, regardless of how many accounts you  
> own). To qualify, this one account must:
> not be blocked; and
> not be a bot; and
> have made at least 600 edits before 01 June 2009 across across  
> Wikimedia wikis (edits on several wikis can be combined if your  
> accounts are unified into a global account); and
> have made at least 50 edits between 01 January and 1 July 2009.
> Special exceptions: the following may vote regardless of the above  
> requirements:
> Wikimedia server administrators with shell access;
> paid staff of the Wikimedia Foundation who started working at the  
> office before 01 March 2009;
> current or former members of the Board of Trustees.
> [edit]How to vote
> If you are eligible to vote:
> Read the candidate presentations and decide which candidates you will  
> support.
> Go to the wiki page "Special:Securepoll" on one wiki you qualify to  
> vote from. For example, if you are most active on the wiki  
> meta.wikimedia.org/, go to meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Securepoll.
> Follow the instructions on that page.
> [edit]Information for candidates
> A detailed description of the responsibilities of a member of the  
> Board can be found at http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_member.
> [edit]Responsibilities as member of the Board
> Being a Board member of a small organization like the Wikimedia  
> Foundation, which faces immense challenges, can be time-consuming. The  
> position is voluntary and unpaid. While board members are not expected  
> to bring personal money to the organisation, they are welcome to help  
> raise funds.
> Board members are expected to attend at least 3–4 meetings per year in  
> person, attend Wikimania (our annual conference), and attend other  
> scheduled online meetings and votes. The Board communicates  
> intensively via e-mail, wiki, and IRC. Individual trustees sometimes  
> participate in strategic meetings with other organizations and  
> companies, relaying results back to Board and staff.
> Individual board members are expected to be involved in certain  
> activities (such as fundraising, Wikimania, or auditing) and to help  
> draft policies, charters and resolutions on such topics.
> Because Board members owe duties by virtue of their position,  
> candidates who currently hold paid positions with the Wikimedia  
> Foundation must resign from those position before they can be  
> appointed to the Board of Trustees. This is to avoid potential  
> conflicts of interests.
> [edit]Prerequisites to candidacy
> To be eligible as a candidate, you must:
> have made at least 600 edits before 01 March 2009 on any one  
> registered account (edits on several wikis can be combined if your  
> accounts are unified into a global account); and
> have made at least 50 edits between 01 January and 01 July 2009; and
> publicly disclose your real name in your candidate presentation  
> (because the identities of Board members are a matter of public  
> record, it is not possible to hold a position on the Board of Trustees  
> anonymously or under a pseudonym); and
> be at least 18 years old and of legal age in your home country.
> Special exceptions: current members of the Board of Trustees may be  
> candidates regardless of the above requirements.
> [edit]How to submit your candidacy
> If you are eligible, you can submit your candidacy by doing the  
> following:
> Write a brief summary of no more than 1200 characters stating what you  
> would do if you were elected to the Board of Trustees, your relevant  
> opinions and experience, and anything else you think is relevant. You  
> may not use your candidate summary to link to lists of endorsements or  
> other platform pages, and may not run on a slate with other candidates.
> Submit your summary between 00:00, 06 July 2009 (UTC) and 23:59, 20  
> July 2009 (UTC). After July 20, it cannot be changed except for minor  
> corrections or translation. Any additions submitted after this  
> deadline will be time-stamped and presented separately from the  
> original summary, and will only be presented to voters if they get  
> translated into all of the same languages as the original summary.
> Submit proof of your identity to Cary Bass (Volunteer Coordinator)  
> before 20 July 2009. You will be privately contacted by a member of  
> the Election Committee with further information about meeting this  
> requirement when you list yourself as a candidate.
> Candidates who fail to comply with the above requirements and  
> deadlines will be disqualified.
> [edit]Organization
> [edit]Time line
> 01–30 June 2009: primary translation phase; subcommittee actively  
> coordinates and promotes translation.
> 06–20 July 2009: candidate submissions.
> 20 July 2009: deadline to send proof of identity (late or missing  
> submissions will be disqualified).
> 03–10 August 2009: elections.
> 10–12 August 2009: vote-checking.
> 12 August 2009: publication of results.
> [edit]Translators
> To ensure that a representative cross-section of the Wikimedia  
> community takes part in this election, it is important to translate  
> election notices and candidate statements into as many languages as  
> possible. To help translate, please see the translation page.
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