No, this was a simple explanation of the facts of the limited authority of
the FDC, not an attempt to weasel.
Perhaps something was lost in translation?
On 26 Nov 2015 10:58, "Gerard Meijssen" <gerard.meijs...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Sorry but "The FDC provides recommendations to the WMF Board, who then
> decide on them. The FDC doesn't handle funds directly, so in no case does
> it withhold, or spend, funds, instead it recommends doing so to the WMF
> Board." qualify as weasel words. You make proposals and hope, expect that
> they will be accepted. Not taking responsibility for your actions and
> blaming them is the same as saying "we are only saying and they were not
> thinking themselves."
> Not good, not appreciated.
> On 25 November 2015 at 15:56, Michael Peel <em...@mikepeel.net> wrote:
> > Hi MZMcBride,
> > > The Wikimedia Foundation has a section under "Organisation-specific
> > > remarks", but isn't included in the "Funding recommendations" chart and
> > > there's no amount requested, amount allocated, or proposal listed for
> > > Wikimedia Foundation. Why is that?
> > They are organisation-specific remarks. :-) The WMF did not apply to the
> > FDC this round, hence why there are no amounts requested/allocated, or a
> > proposal to link to. The FDC felt it necessary to include recommendations
> > about the WMF anyway.
> > > If Wikimedia Deutschland is required to separate out costs for
> > > does that mean that the Wikimedia Foundation is required to split out
> > > costs for Wikipedia and its other projects? I'd be quite curious to
> > > how much money is being spent by the Wikimedia Foundation on Wiktionary
> > or
> > > Wikinews or Wikiversity.
> > It's worth noting that there are two meanings to the word 'project' here
> > there are the Wikimedia projects, and then there are projects run by the
> > Wikimedia organisations (think of, e.g., GLAM or education projects).
> > particularly the latter case that is most relevant to the FDC's work, and
> > in this case Wikidata falls under both meanings.
> > > The report includes this note:
> > >> The FDC is appalled by the closed way that the WMF has undertaken both
> > >> strategic and annual planning, and the WMF’s approach to budget
> > >> transparency (or lack thereof).
> > >
> > > Sort of inline with the first question, but perhaps more direct: what
> > > power does the Funds Dissemination Committee have over the amount of
> > donor
> > > money allocated toward the Wikimedia Foundation? Can the FDC only
> > admonish
> > > the organization, but not actually withhold funds?
> > The FDC provides recommendations to the WMF Board, who then decide on
> > them. The FDC doesn't handle funds directly, so in no case does it
> > withhold, or spend, funds, instead it recommends doing so to the WMF
> > Thanks,
> > Mike
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