[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: WMF Policy and Political Affiliations Guideline

MZMcBride z at mzmcbride.com
Thu Aug 2 12:11:59 UTC 2012

David Gerard wrote:
> On 2 August 2012 05:13, MZMcBride <z at mzmcbride.com> wrote:
>> This appears to be an unprecedented power-grab by the office of the General
>> Counsel.
> Um ... that's a bizarre perception.

Is it?

I read through the page at Meta-Wiki and couldn't help but notice that every
involvement required the approval of the General Counsel. I read the linked
Board resolution 
and looked around wikimediafoundation.org and Meta-Wiki trying to find a
resolution or vote that directed the General Counsel to develop this kind of
policy, but didn't find anything.

Philippe seemed to suggest that there's a distinction between outside groups
approaching the Wikimedia Foundation for support and the community making
its own requests. The distinction seems incredibly murky and doesn't seem
likely to become clearer over time.

What type of action was the SOPA blackout in January?


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