[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Announcement: Wikimedia Foundation restructure (Global Dev & Engineering)

ENWP Pine deyntestiss at hotmail.com
Sun Dec 9 09:02:47 UTC 2012

This reorg sounds reasonable to me as Sue has presented it. 

Since I've spent a number of hours studying WMF's org chart, financials, and related documents, I'd be bold here and answer some questions that have been asked on this list. Let me make an important disclaimer: I am not a member of WMF's staff or on the board of any WMF organization so these answers are 100% unofficial. (:

The FDC is the Funds Dissemination Committee. You can learn about them at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee

The C-team refers to C-level staff. This is a term borrowed from corporate lingo. "C" refers to "chief" as in "chief executive officer" and "chief financial officer" but usually also means positions such as general counsel and, in WMF's case, Vice President of Engineering. There is an English Wikipedia article about this topic at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-level.

Mathieu asked, "On the other hand, don't you fear a reaction from contributors who could feel wronged when they see some people got money where they get nothing?" There are already contributors who have applied for grants and were denied. What may change are what grants are available, who awards them, and what criteria are used for awarding them.

Regarding the WMF org chart: you can see an approximation of it at https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff_and_contractors

Regarding what WMF's strategy is: you can find information about it at https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Movement_Strategic_Plan_Summary. You can also find annual and monthly documents such as monthly reports and the most recent annual plan at https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home .




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