> I believe the Board could and should consider the wider needs to obtain
the best possible range of strategic advice and input, epsecially as we
move into yet another
That strikes me as a difficult statement to disagree with, though also
difficult to actually achieve if you
Chris Keating wrote: "Fortunately the Board isn't required to consider
whether hypothetically infuture some other organisation's interests might
conflict with the Foundation's: only whether in practice they do." This is
not correct: one of the functions of the Board is to assess the risks to
Fortunately the Board isn't required to consider whether hypothetically in
future some other organisation's interests might conflict with the
Foundation's: only whether in practice they do.
(By the way, I am not surprised people read your original email as calling
for Kelly to resign - it was the
Sam, Thanks you for your views. Referring to the possible conflicts
between Wikimedia and Quora, you say that "there is almost no current
overlap between the organizations' main projects". Whether or not this is
true right now, it is entirely possible that it may not be true in future,
Kelly: Wonderful news; congratulations, and thanks for the update.
Christophe, thank you for that thoughtful addendum.
> The point of [my comment] was that the process of managing
Kelly's conflict of interest will deprive the Board of a source of advice
I don't see why this should
Christophe writes "suggesting a Board member should resign and at the same
time saying the process was properly followed, is not ok". I am not sure
exactly what he means to convey by this, but I am not aware that anyone
posting to this thread has said anything that can be described in this
On the process, Kelly notified Katherine and myself about the possibility
of conflict shortly after receiving an offer from Quora, in accordance with
the Foundation's Conflict of Interest Policy. Kelly wanted to make sure
the issue was transparently disclosed to the full Board and
In case my blanket "I disagree" left doubt, let me state very clearly --
I'm not seeking anybody's resignation here. (Just reread Dan's message and
realized it's possible the beginning of my response could be read that way,
though I think I'm pretty clear further down.)
On Wed, Nov 2, 2016
The mere potential that a conflict of interest may arise in the future is
not necessarily a reason to resign from the board. This is why we have
legal counsel such as Stephen and Michelle to determine whether such
conflicts are serious enough to be inappropriate. We should all be
Congratuations to Kelly Battles on her new job at Quora. I believe I'm
correct in saying that this is a company whose business is to make a profit
by pursuing its "mission is to share and grow the world’s knowledge".
Surely that means that in general the more and better the Wikimedia
> Message: 1
> Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2016 01:46:24 +
> From: Asaf Bartov <abar...@wikimedia.org>
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Personal Update
Yeah, there just might be a few of us around here who participate on
Wikipedia and Quora both. Not that I'd know anyone like that. :)
Congratulations on the new position.
On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 7:46 PM, Asaf Bartov wrote:
> Congratulations, Ms. Battles!
Congratulations, Ms. Battles!
I recommend updating your biographical sketch on this page to reflect this,
so that the information is available to future readers not currently
subscribed to this mailing list:
You have left the hard tech world to join the world of collaboration and
co-creation. First as a volunteer board member of the Wikimedia Foundation,
and today as salaried employee of Quora, a site that co-creates answers to
questions. Quite some active Wikimedians are also active on
Welcome, Kelly, and thanks for the information!
On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 1:28 PM, Anna Stillwell
> Congratulations on your new role, Kelly.
> On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 1:24 PM, Kelly Battles
Congratulations on your new role, Kelly.
On Tue, Nov 1, 2016 at 1:24 PM, Kelly Battles
> Hi Everyone,
> > I have an exciting personal update to share with all of you. Today, I am
> > joining Quora as Chief Financial Officer. I have shared more
> I have an exciting personal update to share with all of you. Today, I am
> joining Quora as Chief Financial Officer. I have shared more information on
> my Quora personal blog.
> Once I decided to accept this role, I shared the news with Christophe as
> chair of the Board and
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