Re: [Wikimedia-l] Message just sent to the BoT

2016-02-25 Thread Steinsplitter Wiki
Thanks for sharing with the mailinglist.

> Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 13:44:20 +0200
> From: ar...@wikimedia.org
> To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Message just sent to the BoT
> 
> The following is the text of a letter I just sent to the Board of Trustees.
> --
> 
> A tale from the trenches
> 
> I wake up every day short on sleep, check staff mail, check wikimedia-l,
> check the facebook discussion group, check signpost comments, check irc,
> check officewiki recent changes, check wikimediafoundation recent changes...
> 
> I gear myself up to learn who may have left today, what they will have
> said, to digest the outpouring of support and sadness from others, and the
> deafening silence from those who are in a position to put an end to all of
> this.
> 
> I go over the reasons again in my mind that we're in this crisis: bad
> hirings, decisions in secret, dissembling and coverups about the processes
> that led to those decisions; refusal or inability to state a clear vision,
> let alone get buy-in or the involvement of staff/community in shaping that
> vision; restructuring the organization following these same broken
> processes.  And so much more.
> 
> Make no mistake, this is not just about an ED.  It's also about failure of
> oversight, powerlessness of staff, and a culture of exclusion, among other
> things.  If, as I hope, the Board acts decisively to remove the current ED,
> that will only be the first step in a mountain of work ahead of us.  Hard,
> painful, exhausting work.  But we can't begin to get started on it until
> that first step is taken.
> 
> In November at The Meeting (you all know which one I mean), Jimmy Wales
> called on all of us to give Lila Tretikov a second chance, a chance to
> rebuild the trust that had been lost.  We're well beyond that point now.
> That trust is irrevocably broken.  It's possible that she would be able to
> play a part in the healing and regrouping that must happen within the WMF
> going forwards, but only as a private individual.  I would have to have
> some distance from things in order to figure that out, and none of us has
> that right now.  What I do know is that the current situation is toxic, and
> getting increasingly more so.
> 
> We're bleeding out.  Slowly at first, but it's a just matter of time--and
> probably not much of it--before that trickle turns into a flood.  I plead
> with the one organization that has the ability to stop it, to step in and
> do so.
> 
> SOS...
> 
> Sincerely,
> 
> Ariel Glenn
> tech gnome, WMF staff
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Message just sent to the BoT

2016-02-25 Thread Gerard Meijssen
Hoi,
It is not only staff that suffer. It is really depressing what goes on. I
find that I do less than I used to do. It is the little things that keep me
going.. I blogged about it ..

http://ultimategerardm.blogspot.nl/2016/02/wikidata-little-things.html

Be good, be gentle
Gerard

On 25 February 2016 at 14:04, Liam Wyatt  wrote:

> On Thursday, 25 February 2016, Ariel Glenn WMF 
> wrote:
> 
>
> > Make no mistake, this is not just about an ED.  It's also about failure
> of
> > oversight, powerlessness of staff, and a culture of exclusion, among
> other
> > things.  If, as I hope, the Board acts decisively to remove the current
> ED,
> > that will only be the first step in a mountain of work ahead of us.
> Hard,
> > painful, exhausting work.  But we can't begin to get started on it until
> > that first step is taken.
> >
>
>  I'd like to highlight this point in particular. It also echoes Oliver
> Keyes statement yesterday.
>
> When the Board makes its next official statement detailing its response to
> the current situation, I sincerely hope that it does not only address the
> ED. That is a necessary statement, but would not be a sufficient one.
>
> I hope that the statement will ALSO include some degree of detail about HOW
> the board will also address the problems of governance and oversight that
> has led to the current situation. In the past, the WMF has required
> Wikimedia-UK to undertake a formal governance review, and that might be an
> appropriate precedent to apply here.
>
> I'm NOT calling for specific governance changes need to be
> implemented immediately. That would be a mob-mentality, and any
> immediately-implemented changes would be reactionary. Nevertheless, a
> statement to the effect of "we're thinking about it, trust us" would not be
> sufficiently believable at this point in time when trust is so low. So
> instead, I really hope the board can make some specific (and therefore
> accountable!) assurances about how it will be investigating changes to
> governance over the next few months.
>
> - Liam / Wittylama
>
>
>
> --
> wittylama.com
> Peace, love & metadata
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[Wikimedia-l] Message just sent to the BoT

2016-02-25 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
The following is the text of a letter I just sent to the Board of Trustees.
--

A tale from the trenches

I wake up every day short on sleep, check staff mail, check wikimedia-l,
check the facebook discussion group, check signpost comments, check irc,
check officewiki recent changes, check wikimediafoundation recent changes...

I gear myself up to learn who may have left today, what they will have
said, to digest the outpouring of support and sadness from others, and the
deafening silence from those who are in a position to put an end to all of
this.

I go over the reasons again in my mind that we're in this crisis: bad
hirings, decisions in secret, dissembling and coverups about the processes
that led to those decisions; refusal or inability to state a clear vision,
let alone get buy-in or the involvement of staff/community in shaping that
vision; restructuring the organization following these same broken
processes.  And so much more.

Make no mistake, this is not just about an ED.  It's also about failure of
oversight, powerlessness of staff, and a culture of exclusion, among other
things.  If, as I hope, the Board acts decisively to remove the current ED,
that will only be the first step in a mountain of work ahead of us.  Hard,
painful, exhausting work.  But we can't begin to get started on it until
that first step is taken.

In November at The Meeting (you all know which one I mean), Jimmy Wales
called on all of us to give Lila Tretikov a second chance, a chance to
rebuild the trust that had been lost.  We're well beyond that point now.
That trust is irrevocably broken.  It's possible that she would be able to
play a part in the healing and regrouping that must happen within the WMF
going forwards, but only as a private individual.  I would have to have
some distance from things in order to figure that out, and none of us has
that right now.  What I do know is that the current situation is toxic, and
getting increasingly more so.

We're bleeding out.  Slowly at first, but it's a just matter of time--and
probably not much of it--before that trickle turns into a flood.  I plead
with the one organization that has the ability to stop it, to step in and
do so.

SOS...

Sincerely,

Ariel Glenn
tech gnome, WMF staff
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