Thanks Dariusz, nice example declaration for the rest of the board to
think about.

I look forward to reading about the WMF board follow-up, as this is an
easy win to demonstrate improved governance, at a time when we need to
count a few quick wins in the good-will bank.


On 10 January 2016 at 15:40, Dariusz Jemielniak <> wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 10:22 AM, Fæ <> wrote:
>> Thanks for talking about it Dariusz.
>> Could you please make a serious declaration of interests as is being
>> discussed at [1]. This will help set a ethical model for the rest of
>> the WMF board to follow without needing a year to think about it. If
>> you want to check some best practice examples of meaningful and frank
>> declarations, take a look at WMUK's.[2]
> I have no problem with that. You've provided links from WMUK, so until there
> is something similar for WMF, I don't think we can expect all Board members
> to make declarations (but I also think it would be a good practice to
> develop a similar model for WMF board, just observing that I don't know of
> one yet; I will ask).
> I terms of shares, I am a major shareholder in Druid Multimedia sp. z o. o.
> (Polish abbreviation for LLC), which developed the largest online dictionary
> in Poland. If there are any discussions related to Wiktionary or other
> dictionary services (e.g. within Wikidata)  and the dictionary is still
> published by the company, I am going to recuse myself. I also own a
> significant number of shares in Insta.Ling sp. z o. o., which is a startup
> oriented at online flashcard language acquisition (currently with about
> 50,000 users in Poland and Germany). If there is ever a language acquisition
> project discussed, and I'm still in, I'm going to recuse myself.
> I've also had a number of academic affiliations, but these can hardly be
> considered a potential COI, I think.
> I'm glad the conversation is back to more civilized - I have to admit that I
> don't quite enjoy being called a clown (while I have a healthy respect and
> awe for clowns, and I don't consider myself to be suffering from
> coulrophobia).
> cheers,
> dj

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