I'd like to comment on what Ryan has written about the responsibility of WMF to the
community. Many of us aren't just anonymous editors of an encyclopedia - we also play a
rather different role in the Wikimedia movement, spreading word about our goals and
publicly raising awareness about Wikipedia. Usually, having a strong and capable
Foundation behind our backs is an enormous advantage for many reasons and we are happy to
be sharing the "Wikimedia" brand with it. In fact, I am so convinced of the
importance of our movement that I voluntarily devote my whole free time working for it.
For this reason, I am also extremely sensitive to actions which may harm the good name of
the broader Wikimedia movement - such as, in this case, a lack of transparency in
organizational governance, which opens doors to speculations.
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On Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 9:02 AM, John Mark Vandenberg <jayvdb at gmail.com
Can the board please very clearly state whether this removal was for cause, > or not!? > If they'd like to.
But if not, no. So people who keep demanding things,after what I personally believe between Jimmy's comment and
others, we canput a lot (no, not all) of pieces to get ourselves.We edit a website. This may surprise a lot of
people, but that entitlesyou to nothing outside of that domain. It doesn't get you a discount atMcDonalds, it
doesn't get you out of traffic violations and probably won'tget you your next job. Yes - our position as
volunteers is important (ifnot critical) to the Foundation and its overall message. But the so
called"community" needs to realize their boundaries.People who keep demanding such things (such as a
detailed report of whathappened) are showi
ng a lack of knowledge on the non-profit board structure- and perhaps other
things. Just my two cents, since everybody else ispiling on in opposition.--
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