On 07/26/12 4:41 AM, birgitte...@yahoo.com wrote:
On Jul 26, 2012, at 5:33 AM, Andreas Kolbe<jayen...@gmail.com>  wrote:
On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 7:42 AM, Ray Saintonge<sainto...@telus.net>  wrote:
On 07/25/12 12:48 PM, Andreas Kolbe wrote:
So there were how many years of faffing about before they hired *one guy*
for this project? This is an organisation with a $20m annual budget, now
acquiring umpteen paid chapter officials.

The "paid chapter officials" are employees of the chapters themselves.
The money comes from the same pot, as you know. The chapters are funded
from the same donations as the Foundation.
The best way to bring hostility against your own pet projects is by being
hostile towards the projects of others. What makes one project more
deserving than another.
Simplistically, chapters are marketing, while programmers and designers are
product development. Marketing is important, but not more so than product
development. To be fair, the Foundation is hiring product development
staff, and it's not a choice of either/or.

You must live in a very simplistic world, but I am afraid it does resemble 
reality very well. Here are how some various types of things and people are 
funded. Tool server=chapter. Developers= Mostly WMF but some chapter. Marketing 
professionals=WMF but no chapter I am aware of. Legal professionals=WMF and 
chapter.  Administration of fundraising campaign=WMF and chapters. You will not 
find any bright lines in reality.

To this must be added work with the GLAM community. This is largely driven by the chapters. Their ability to contact these institutions is likely key to opening up access to large stores of material. It would be far more difficult to do this as a foreign organization.


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