[Wikimedia-l] Declaring my candidacy

Thehelpfulone thehelpfulonewiki at gmail.com
Mon Jul 9 15:07:54 UTC 2012

On 9 July 2012 13:21, Sebastian Moleski <sebmol at gmail.com> wrote:

> Today, I'm declaring my candidacy for Secretary General of the Wikimedia
> Chapters Association. After recent conversations with a number of people at
> different chapters, I've decided to run for this position because I believe
> that it would allow the chapters to make best use of my skills and
> experiences. Last year, when I worked with four European chapters on
> starting developing strategies for their organizations, I realized
> first-hand what huge potential we have still left uncovered. Many chapters
> excel in some areas while failing in others, rarely for lack of enthusiasm,
> but mostly for lack of support, guidance, and advice. When discussion of a
> council of chapters started again last year, I felt that it was one of the
> most promising ways that could allow chapters to excel much more often than
> to fail in the future.

Given that
still in a draft format and hasn't significantly been touched since April
2012, I'm inclined to say that this is premature. In addition, there's a
question related to this on the talk page,
been unanswered for just under a month. Where have recent discussions, if
any, been taking place as I seem unable to find them on-wiki (and I don't
think a WCA specific mailing list exists)? What is the election process?
How many candidates are there? How will the Secretary General be appointed
- Chapter voting? Public voting?
that a HR company will be selected, by whom? It also suggests that a
community-driven subcommittee will be appointed, again by whom, what will
these requirements be?

In addition, I do not think that we have ever (someone will no doubt
correct me if I am mistaken) posted candidate nomination statements to this
mailing list, is this also something new? I don't intend to sound hostile
and in no way am I opposing your candidacy, it's just your email has just
brought up quite a few questions that don't appear to have been answered as
of yet.

I also just came across
states that "*The committee will hold an open process via Meta Wiki, email,
IRC and other communication means so it could receive as much input as
possible from anyone." *It appears that so far this has been a very much
closed process if anything has been happening to date.


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