Wil, we talked about this on IRC, so I won't repeat what I said. But what I
did *not* say is that the foundation tends to let the community do what it
wants, and it would be against that long-standing tradition for staff to
try to force a change in the community.

On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 3:18 PM, Wil Sinclair <w...@wllm.com> wrote:

> First off, I said that about Greg, and I firmly believe it. He's
> uncovered many controversies at Wikipedia. In fact, his article was
> the first to be critical of Lila's appointment, and- save the rather
> petty comment about airline fees at the end- was pretty on-point. That
> doesn't mean that I agree with everything Greg says, just that I
> personally am glad someone is saying it. He added *Wil Sinclair*,
> Partner of Lila Tretikov (Wikimedia Foundation executive director);
> I'd prefer he just leave it at "Wil Sinclair," but it's really his
> call on what he puts on his own site.
>
> Now, I don't know what Lila thinks of this- and I don't want to know-
> but I would really like to understand if there is a chance for any
> leader to change the concerning aspects of the WP community at this
> point. I know that if there is, it's likely to be a very strong,
> charismatic leader like Lila. But if there isn't, then so be it and
> it's better to know now. And I'm pretty sure that if the community
> here wants positive change, it has to be ready to talk about the hard
> problems- no matter who brings them up. Whatever happens, Lila is
> going to land on her feet; no one need worry about her. But, again,
> that's all just my opinion.
>
> I know you didn't ask me for a response, but this mail is all about me
> so I felt justified chiming in. Thanks for (intentionally) taking it
> to the list this time. :)
>
> ,Wil
>
> On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM, Pete Forsyth <petefors...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Dear Lila,
> >
> > I think many of us are interested in how you will engage with the
> Wikimedia
> > community, what kind of outcomes you will seek, and what kind of tactics
> > you will employ in seeking those outcomes.
> >
> > Can you please clarify whether you believe it is possible for somebody
> with
> > a close connection to you to influence public perceptions in
> > disproportionate, and significant, ways? If so, do you consider it a
> > legitimate option for you to (privately) assert your right to establish
> > yourself in your new position, rather than letting them take the lead?
> >
> > I think what has happened in the last few days is extraordinary. I've
> never
> > seen anything like it. While I am sure that Wil's intentions are good,
> > frankly, if his desire had been to sabotage your new job, I can't imagine
> > what more effective path he could have chosen.
> >
> > I'm not sure if this link has any meaning to you, as you are still
> getting
> > to know the various people and dynamics in the community. But I wonder
> what
> > others think of it. Does anybody know if the following quote is accurate?
> > And regardless of whether it's accurate or not -- the events of the last
> > week have certainly made it seem plausible, haven't they?
> >
> > Is this really the best way for the new Executive Director to be
> introduced
> > to the Wikimedia community and the world?
> >
> >
> >    - *<Wikipedia> is lucky to have people like Greg [Kohs]; even if he
> >    never directly contributes to WP going forward, we're all well aware
> that
> >    he's a very intelligent and eloquent individual with a knack for
> >    investigative reporting. He holds WP and the WMF to their word, and I
> >    personally thank him for that.* - *Wil Sinclair*, Partner of Lila
> >    Tretikov (Wikimedia Foundation executive director) - May 22, 2014
> >
> >
> >
> http://mywikibiz.com/index.php?title=Directory%3AGregory_J._Kohs&diff=463158&oldid=462896#Cheers
> >
> > -Pete
> > [[User:Peteforsyth]]
> >
> >
> > On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 12:34 AM, Lila Tretikov <l...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi all,
> >>
> >> This is a personal note to clarify a some questions that recently came
> up,
> >> specifically in the context of my role as the incoming ED.
> >>
> >>
> >> My partner Wil and I are partners in our private lives. We have always
> both
> >> been extremely independent, and we respect that in each other. That
> said we
> >> have different roles: I am the Executive Director with responsibilities
> >> towards the Foundation and the movement, and he is an independent
> community
> >> member with his own voice.
> >>
> >> I make my decisions using my own professional judgement in conjunction
> with
> >> input from the community and staff. I don’t consult Wil on these
> matters,
> >> ask him to do anything on my behalf or monitor his engagements with the
> >> community. When I speak here, it is in my capacity as an ED.
> >>
> >> Wil, on the other hand, has a very strong personal interest in the
> >> community and agreat deal of curiosity about how the Wikimedia
> >> projectswork. It is very important to him that he remains an
> >> independent individual
> >> able to speak with his own voice and ask his own questions. He does not
> >> take direction from me. He will not work for the WMF or engage with the
> WMF
> >> employees.
> >>
> >> I hope this addresses some of the questions and draws distinction
> between
> >> my role as ED and Wil’s participation as an independent member. If you
> have
> >> any questions for Wil you can reach him directly. If you have any
> questions
> >> for me or the WMF, you can get a hold of me by email or on my talk page.
> >>
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >>
> >> Lila
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