On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 5:35 AM, Fæ wrote:
> Ownership of Wikia is a relationship where loyalty will be perceived
> by the public as questionable, and there may be indirect financial
> gains, even though there is no traceable direct benefit.
Is there any evidence
After an offlist correspondence with Gergő, we agree it is quite hard
to get to grips with the beginnings of Wikia unless you lived through
it and casual interviews may be confusing. This remains a tangent
to the issue of whether ownership of Wikia is seen in the public eye
as a conflict of
I've been advised by more than one community member not to engage
further on this, but I need to correct what I see as a potentially
On 2/28/16 11:47 AM, Fæ wrote:
> Jimmy Wales has never declared a conflict of interest or loyalty when
> acting as a WMF trustee.
On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 11:47 AM, Fæ wrote:
> The original vision for Wikia was as a "Google-killer" open search
engine, so it would seem highly prudent for Jimmy to have declared
a conflict of interest and avoided WMF board discussions and votes
in relation to new
Sorry, let me back peddle on that sentence, Todd is correct. Dropping that
paragraph from my email does not stop the issue of perceived conflict of
interest and Wikia from being a valid concern worth open discussion.
On 28 Feb 2016 20:23, "Fæ" wrote:
> Todd, putting the
Todd, putting the caveats before the main thrust of Jimmy Wales'
email, is a strange way of reading it. I read the email the obvious
way, and I encourage others to read the original for themselves,
rather than relying on cherry-picked quotes towards the end.
On 28 February 2016 at
Your second citation didn't at all match what I recall Jimmy saying on the
subject, so I went and read it. Even the specific email you cite is not, in
any way, "...arguing the case against
introducing charges for commercial reusers of WMF services...". Some quotes
from the email you cited:
Jimmy Wales has never declared a conflict of interest or loyalty when
acting as a WMF trustee. He is co-founder of Wikia Inc, set up in
2004, a commercial company that often benefits from new MediaWiki
developments, and clearly he benefits financially from resulting
profitability of Wikia.