[Foundation-l] Wikipedia Executive Director?

Philippe Beaudette pbeaudette at wikimedia.org
Thu Dec 9 01:47:52 UTC 2010


The word Wikipedia wasn't supposed to make it to sister sites, and that's being fixed right now, so pardon my quick note... I'll write a bit more later about the term as being used on Wikipedia, but the error in pushing it out to sister sites is being corrected right now, so I wanted to acknowledge that...


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On Dec 8, 2010, at 5:42 PM, MZMcBride wrote:

> Hi.
> The new banners and landing pages with Sue Gardner are using the phrase
> "Wikipedia Executive Director"; for example:
> http://wikimediafoundation.org/w/index.php?oldid=53090
> I'm not a big fan of the smaller projects. On more than one occasion I've
> called for disbanding some of them. However, Wikimedia is made up of more
> than just Wikipedia. It is a spit in the face to editors of non-Wikipedias
> to put these banners on the top of any Wikimedia project (I saw this banner
> on mediawiki.org). It is the Wikimedia Foundation, not the Wikipedia
> Foundation.
> Calling Sue Gardner the "Wikipedia Executive Director" is simply wrong
> (factually and morally) and doing so is entirely unacceptable. Wikimedia
> ought to hold itself above lying to readers in order to solicit donations.
> These banners and landing pages are a violation of what Wikimedians strive
> to spread and strive to be and they should be changed immediately.
> MZMcBride
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