[WikiEN-l] Foundation audit

Florence Devouard Anthere9 at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 11 11:27:01 UTC 2008

Thomas Dalton wrote:
>> * travel costs include scholarships of wikipedians to go to Wikimania.
>> This is not really a cost since we got restricted donations from
>> sponsors to precisely cover that cost
> In that case, shouldn't it be noted separately on the financial
> reports? It's rather misleading having something that was paid for by
> someone else grouped in with something that was paid for from general
> foundation funds.

It can be separated on the budget, but apparently, in the end, it is 
still "travel"... I know it is misleading, I am not so happy with that 

>> I'd love to hear someone say something along those lines
>> "Thank you to the staff and board to have succeeded to have the
>> Foundation audited for the 4th time"
>> There are over 200 000 000 people reading Wikipedia everyday.
>> It would be very cool even ONE says "thank you". It would go a long way
>> to keep us working.
>> Something like
>> "for every criticism you voice, provide a thank you on another point"
> I would say that 200,000,000 people looking at your website everyday
> and implicitly acknowledging your good work by using it is thank you
> enough (it is for the vast majority of Wikipedians, I don't see why it
> should be any different for the staff and board).

Okay, I wrote a long answer. And then, I deleted it :-)
Not because I do not think you do not deserve a fair answer. But because 
I know it will be public.
But yeah, bottom line: board members are volunteers just as you. Praise 
them, they will work like hell for your pleasure, at your service. Only 
criticize them, you'll get bad job, or no job at all.
Interesting link to read in a great encyclopedia: 

However, if you want
> it said explicitly:
> Thank you very much to the staff, board and auditors for the work that
> has gone in to producing and auditing these reports. I acknowledge
> that a lot of work has gone into them, and appreciate it.

thanks :-)
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