On 21 March 2014 08:20, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:
Just after talking about stomping down with its hobnail boots on
Wikimedia UK, huh? :-) I'm sorry to have offended your delicate...
I apologise for the hobnail boots comment, it was unnecessarily dramatic.
This is a slight tangent, but for the sake of good governance and
transparency worth a minor clarification for those that do not
appreciate the history and what we have learned as a community:
I believe it is fair to say that the WMF directed the UK chapter to
take immediate corrective action in response to poor press coverage of
the UK chapter. As a trustee at the time who reviewed all
correspondence and had personal face to face conversations with all
the relevant WMF senior management, my understanding (I am not
speaking for Wikimedia UK charity) is that the UK board of trustees at
that time were faced with a Hobson's choice of precisely complying
with the WMF's specified actions, or ceasing to exist. It is unfair on
the WMF to for me to describe this as hobnail boots.
The commitment of the Wikimedia Foundation to good governance practice
and its uncompromising management style was effective in this regard,
certainly the UK Chapter did need to improve, and it now is well on
its path to improvement. I have no doubt that the WMF board of
trustees intends to enforce the exactly same high standards of
governance over its own operations to assure the reputation of
Wikimedia is not put at unnecessary risk.
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