[Wikimedia-l] FDC recommendations on funds allocation, Round 1, 2012-13

Osmar Valdebenito osmar at wikimediachile.cl
Fri Nov 16 13:41:32 UTC 2012

They did their job to evaluate more than 10 extensive applications, make
their recommendations and provide a long report. They have even answered
the questions and probably will be able to do if you have more questions.
That was they work as volunteer and they did it.
Probably everybody would like something different (as more details about
every chapters) but they are not our employees and they have their right to
say "We think that is enough".

And once again, I want to remember that not everybody here speaks or write
English as a native. Sometimes is really easy to demand people to write
long reports, speak and engage in discussions when you have the privilege
to be a speaker of the "global language", but it is not easy for all of us.
This is something that must be considered if we are talking about "global
movement", "inclusion of developing countries" and so on.

Osmar Valdebenito G.

2012/11/16 Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com>

> On 16 November 2012 13:06, Osmar Valdebenito <osmar at wikimediachile.cl>
> wrote:
> > Yes, it would be great to have a lot of details and I haven't seen any
> > problems by the FDC to provide them as long as you ask them but you can't
> > expect them to do all that extra work 'for free'.
> Yes, you can. When you volunteer for a position like that, you are
> making a commitment to put in the necessary work. The "we're just
> volunteers" excuse gets rolled out far too often around here.
> Volunteers that have made commitments to do a job have an obligation
> to do it.
> I want to be clear, I'm not saying the FDC haven't done their job -
> they seem to have considered the issues very well and the report is,
> at least, satisfactory. I'm just saying that being a volunteer isn't
> an excuse. We should make certain allowances for volunteers that we
> wouldn't make for staff (particularly, we have to be flexible - staff
> can be expected to be at their desks between 9am and 5pm, volunteers
> do their work whenever then get a spare moment), but we should still
> require that jobs are done well. If it turns out to be impossible to
> find volunteers willing and able to do a particular job well, then we
> need to re-think it.
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