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

Newyorkbrad (Wikipedia) newyorkbrad at gmail.com
Wed May 27 13:44:34 UTC 2009

Is an Elections Committee being appointed, or has one been?


On 5/27/09, effe iets anders <effeietsanders at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hm, that was also the information I got :)
> Besides that, I personally feel that one week in the middle of the
> vacation is somewhat short for an internet election. Is there an
> urgent reason not to have it for two weeks? And good luck to count and
> confirm the votes within two days time! :o I'd find it impressive if
> that works so well in that tight schedule.
> Best,
> Lodewijk
> 2009/5/27 Ting Chen <wing.philopp at gmx.de>:
>> Hello Philippe,
>> I thought this year three candidates would be elected.
>> Ting
>> 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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>> --
>> Ting
>> Ting's Blog: http://wingphilopp.blogspot.com/
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