Employees of WMDE, a large chunk of whose funding is dependent on the
decisions of the body they have just been enfranchised to vote for.

Yeah, no COI there *at all*.

On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 2:16 PM, Nathan <nawr...@gmail.com> wrote:

> The idea of community elected seats is just that; the electors are members
> of the community. So if we decide that employees of community
> organizations, like the WMF, are part of the Wikimedia community... then
> they should have the right to vote on community seats of the Board of
> Trustees. Whether any individual member of the community has a second
> opportunity to influence the composition of the board is irrelevant to
> determining whether they should have suffrage as a member of the global
> community.
>
> Not to put too fine a point on it, but there are many people eligible to
> vote in the election that also have chapter affiliations which give them a
> voice in the chapter-appointed seats. Since we don't disenfranchise them
> for their "double vote" power, we should not disenfranchise other people
> that meet our working definition of who counts as a member of the
> community. Either staff employed on behalf of the movement count
> everywhere, or they don't count at all; there is no reason I can see that
> employees of the WMF are more entitled to vote than, say, employees of
> WMDE.
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