[Wikimedia-l] Community consultation + Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director selection process

MZMcBride z at mzmcbride.com
Tue Jan 21 14:57:37 UTC 2014

Thanks for getting back to me.

Jan-Bart de Vreede wrote:
>There is no "community consultation" period in the selection proces. It's
>simply not feasible or desirable to have someone have a public "vetting"

I'm not sure I understand how it would be infeasible. It's 2014, not 1814.
I think we've figured out how to solicit feedback in a timely manner.

It seems less desirable to me to reduce the Wikimedia community to waiting
for the white smoke.

The new Executive Director will be publicly vetted, to be sure, it just
sounds as though it'll happen after or he or she has been firmly appointed
by the Board. It would be dishonest to suggest that there's no merit to
this approach, but I do wonder if it's in line with Wikimedia's values.

>The good news is that you elected representatives on the board who
>have a strong voice in the selection process and final approval.

I'm not quite sure who "you" is, but only three of ten Board seats are
directly elected. I suppose that's a strong voice?


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