[Wikimedia-l] Thanking Matt Halprin

2012-10-27 Thread Kat Walsh
At this point, as his term will finish in December and this is his
last meeting as a member of the board, I would like to thank Matt
Halprin for all of his work with the Wikimedia Board of Trustees. Over
the past three years, Matt has contributed greatly to our
organization, bringing with him a level of professionalism and
experience which helped us tremendously while he chaired the Board
Governance Committee.

Though this is goodbye from his formal position within the Foundation,
his commitment to our mission and values has made him a great
colleague, and I hope we will continue to see him within the Wikimedia
movement. Thank you, Matt.

-Kat

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[Wikimedia-l] Minutes of 11 July Board meeting, Agenda of 26-27 Oct Board meeting

2012-10-27 Thread Bishakha Datta
Dear all,

The minutes of our board meeting of 11 July 2012 were ratified yesterday,
and have been published at:
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2012-07-11

The agenda of our board meeting of 26-27 October 2012 (ongoing) has now
been published at:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board_meetings#October_26-27.2C_2012

Questions and comments, as always, are welcome.

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

2012-10-27 Thread Jan-Bart de Vreede
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 deyntest...@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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[Wikimedia-l] Four Board resolutions from 26 October 2012

2012-10-27 Thread Bishakha Datta
Dear all,

The following resolutions, which were passed at the in-person Board meeting
of 26 October, have now been published.

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:HR_Committee_Charter
This resolution approves the charter for the Human Resources Committee.

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Audit_Committee_Charter
This resolution approves the charter for the Audit Committee.

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Committee_appointments
This resolution approves the appointment of Trustees to serve on Board
committees and Board-created committees.

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Legal_Fees_Assistance_Program
This resolution approves the Legal Fees Assistance Program.

Best to all,
Bishakha
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