[Wikimedia-l] WMF Board approves FDC's 2012-2013 Round 2 funding recommendations

Lodewijk lodewijk at effeietsanders.org
Sat Jun 1 07:39:03 UTC 2013

Dear Patricio,

In the past weeks, I understood there to be a formal complaint against
followed process. For these complaints, a process has been established
through the ombudsperson giving an analysis and advise to the board (as I
understand it).

I am a bit surprised how well this complaint has been hidden - probably not
intentionally but no less effectively. From the board decision I understand
that the board has not considered the complaints made - as it is not
mentioned at all in the resolution, except in thanking the ombudsperson.
Also, from the board decision page it has not been linked, while I would
expect it to be relevant input to your decision.

All in all this leaves an impression with me of 'just file your complaints
at this ombudsperson, so that we can further ignore it and it will be

Basically my questions are:
* Did the board formally consider the complaints filed through this process
or does that process stop at the ombudsperson?
* If yes, what was the decision on that and why was it not communicated in
the resolution?
* Are links to the complaints intentionally made scarce on meta or is this
an oversight for example because this is the first time such complaints
have been filed?


2013/6/1 Patricio Lorente <patricio.lorente at gmail.com>

> Dear members of the Wikimedia community,
> As you know, on April 28, the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) made
> its Round 2 funding recommendations to the WMF Board of Trustees. [1]
> From the four proposals that were submitted in this round, the FDC
> recommended that two of these movement entities receive a total of
> $665,000 USD: they recommended $140,000 USD to Wikimedia Norge and
> $525,000 USD to Wikim├ędia France.
> I am pleased to share with you the news that the Board of Trustees has
> made the decision to approve the FDC's 2012-2013 Round 2 funding
> recommendations. [2] These funding recommendations will now be
> implemented by the Foundation.
> Many members of our community provided significant and thoughtful
> input during Round 2. We would like to thank the Round 2 applicants,
> the Funds Dissemination Committee members and staff, the ombudsperson,
> and the members of the community who participated in the review
> period.
> We have learned much from this inaugural year of the FDC process, and
> we look forward to hearing from you about your experience. The WMF
> learning and evaluation team will be reaching out to those that
> participated in the process to collect feedback through surveys, and
> the ombudsperson will be collecting feedback as well. Learning
> collected through these processes will be shared in a report.
> Again, we thank you all for your dedication and commitment to this
> funding process.
> Best,
> Patricio Lorente, Board Representative to the FDC
> [1]
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2012-2013_round2
> [2]
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Board_decisions/2012-2013_round2
> --
> Patricio Lorente
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