[Wikimedia-l] The new narrowed focus by WMF: conflicts of interest

DeltaQuad Wikipedia deltaquadwiki at gmail.com
Wed Oct 31 12:30:05 UTC 2012

Of note though, she did freely invite comments on the proposal. Of course
its still her decision, but now we at least have the community view on it,
whether positive or negative. I also would like to thank Sue for making
this as open as it is.

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On Oct 27, 2012 2:11 PM, "Jan-Bart de Vreede" <jdevreede at wikimedia.org>

> Hi,
> So just as a note from me personally (as a individual WMF Trustee member).
> What I think is the general idea is that
> 1) Sue formulates her thoughts on meta rather than privately
> 2) This is influenced by the public discussion on meta
> 3) She wraps up at a certain point
> 4) and sends her final proposition to the board
> 5) And the board takes her proposition, and the feedback on meta (which
> she will have included in her proposition) and makes a decision
> And in this case I think that all of that was done. Its not a
> "community-consensus" thing as far as I see. As your Board of Trustees
> (which also includes your representation) its our task to make that final
> decision. Having Sue prepare this decision in a public way is a great way
> of preparing for that decision.
> Jan-Bart
> On 27 Oct 2012, at 10:32, ENWP Pine <deyntestiss at hotmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > I agree with Denny’s point about COIs in this discussion, and I believe
> that the same issue has been raised regarding the FDC.
> >
> > I find it helpful when people who have financial interests or other
> potential COIs disclose that information in their statements on that Meta
> page and/or in Wikimedia-l depending on where they make their comments, and
> I would be in favor of a policy requiring that potential conflicts of
> interest be disclosed in a situation like this. These potential COIs
> include being a staff member of WMF whose budget or employment would be
> affected positively or negatively by these proposed changes.
> >
> > In my own case, I'm not a fellow or aspiring fellow, chapter executive,
> paid researcher, or WMF staff person whose department would be affected by
> these proposed changes, so I believe that as far as my own comments are
> concerned, I can speak without a financial interest in the outcome of the
> discussion.
> >
> > If we operate by consensus instead of by mere vote-counting, and if
> editors and WMF staff participate in good faith, then hopefully there will
> be enough balancing and give-and-take negotiation among those with COIs for
> a supermajority consensus to solidify. The other option is to ask for
> people who don’t have potential COIs to make a decision based on the
> opinions and information provided by others. However, this may all be a
> moot issue since it appears to me that Sue, a few of her chosen associates,
> and the Board apparently intend to make decisions themselves, so the
> community discussion on that Meta talk page will be used for discussion but
> not for finalizing a decision. Someone please correct me if I’m mistaken.
> >
> > Pine
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