[Wikimedia-l] compromise?

Florence Devouard anthere9 at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 30 00:17:48 UTC 2012

On 12/29/12 9:01 PM, Leslie Carr wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM, James Salsman <jsalsman at gmail.com> wrote:
>> How about for the April fundraiser, instead of setting a dollar value
>> goal, we agree to use multivariate analysis instead of A/B testing to
>> optimize the messaging from volunteer submissions in advance, then run
>> the whole thing for a fixed time frame, say three weeks, and then use
>> the actual amount raised to decide whether salaries should be
>> competitive with area tech firms,
> I've bit my tongue at this a bunch of times but I need to finally put
> my foot down.
> Which tech employees are saying that we need our salaries to be at Bay
> Area tech standards.  Sure, I'd love a big raise (I'm greedy!).  I
> took a pay cut to come work at the Foundation.  However, I'm not
> starving, I'm not living in the ghetto with 20 people huddled into a
> single room, and most importantly, I knew what my salary was going to
> be when I joined the foundation.  I knew that I wouldn't be getting
> bonuses, stock options, massages, breakfast, lunch, dinner, baristas,
> onsite personal trainers, onsite physical therapists, haircuts,
> dentists, business class everywhere (that might have been the hardest
> thing to give up!), nutritionists, aeron chairs, dry cleaning,
> laundry, and all that.  And you know what -- if I did get those
> things, I have a feeling that it wouldn't look too good to our donors,
> and we'd be having the exact opposite discussion.  Plus, I can make my
> own coffee.

I am shocked you could not negotiate for those massages...
Sue is a fan !


> How do we even know that salary is a factor in people voluntarily
> leaving?  Has it been established in exit interviews?
> If I felt strongly about salary, I wouldnt have a problem speaking up,
> but please don't put words in my mouth.
> Leslie
> whether Fellowships should be
>> jettisoned, how much personell to put into the Education Program and
>> engineering, and how much of a reserve to invest, preferably with low
>> risk instruments which pay above the rate of inflation?
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