[Foundation-l] Wikipedia Executive Director?

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Thu Dec 9 12:38:40 UTC 2010

On 9 December 2010 10:00, Lodewijk <lodewijk at effeietsanders.org> wrote:
> ouch, this is painful. Like many chapters probably I have been trying
> to explain to people the difference between Wikimedia and Wikipedia,
> and that Wikipedia has no such thing as a board of editors or even a
> board of directors, but that the Wikimedia Foundation has, etc - and
> now we are running a page ourselves that says we /do/ have an
> executive director? (giving the impression that there is actually
> personnel to write the encyclopedia) I know that KISS is a good thing,
> but we have always tried to make clear that wiki/p/edia is a volunteer
> project, why are we loosing that now?
> I hope that it will be possible to make this small change from a p into an m.

I agree. It is very unfortunate that we are now stuck with such
similar names for such different things, but we do need to get it
right. Sue is *not* the ED of Wikipedia. She's not even the ED of
Wikimedia. She is the ED of the Wikimedia Foundation.

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