My impression from the available public evidence is that your membership on
the Board presents significant and unnecessary risks to WMF (particularly
to fundraising, as well as for HR and PR). The evidence available to date
suggests to me that you were a willing and key participant in illegal HR
practices. Based on the available evidence, it seems to me that the
honorable thing for you to do, and the best action for the WMF as well as
for our community, would be for you to resign from the WMF board.

At a minimum, the ongoing controversy regarding your membership is a
time-consuming distraction from our mission, and the controversy consumes
our collective time and resources. That reason alone is sufficient for me
to believe that the best course of action that you could take would be to
resign so that WMF can move on from this controversy and address our many
other challenges.

While I realize that staying on may be your personal preference, I believe
that for the good of WMF and for our collective movement, you should resign.

Pine (speaking in my personal capacity only)

On Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 11:07 AM, Arnnon Geshuri <>

> It has been almost three weeks since my appointment to the Wikimedia
> Foundation Board and I have read the feedback and comments from
> representative members of the community.  My first reaction was how amazing
> the community is in its vibrant culture – there is direct and honest
> dialog, celebration of diverse ideas, debate and counterpoints, and an
> overall genuine passion to ensure that the WMF sustains itself for another
> fifteen years and beyond.   Witnessing firsthand the commitment and energy
> of the community is truly inspirational.  Although I would have preferred
> the tone surrounding my appointment to be more positive and supportive, I
> deeply understand and respect the criticality of free expression, rallying
> around convictions, and open disagreement.
> Regarding the concerns that have been raised, I have listened closely.
> That said, in my opinion, there are some misconceptions and there are
> mitigating considerations.  As a general matter, I will say that,
> throughout my career, I have been charged with enforcing company policies
> as part of my role as a people manager. I have tried to do so thoughtfully
> and consistently.  I have done so realizing company policies and practices
> evolve over time as circumstances change.
> As part of the current narrative, members of the community generated a
> running theme within the online conversations related to trust.  Comments
> were expressed questioning their trust in the Wikimedia Foundation Board
> and asking if the community could accept me as a new Board Member.  Wanting
> to understand the challenges ahead, I have spent the last few weeks
> speaking with current and former Board members and reaching out to folks in
> the community.  I have more conversations in the coming days and appreciate
> those who have been generous with their time.  Given the story line that
> has been shaped over the last couple weeks and based on the feedback from
> my conversations, I know I have a longer journey than most new Board
> members to prove to the community and WMF alumni that they can put their
> trust in me.  I joined to make a positive difference and be a part of the
> important effort to grow the WMF for the next generation of editors,
> contributors, and users.
> As the community gets to know me, folks will see the way I work is with
> thoughtfulness, transparency, diversity, and a focus on doing what is
> right.  I have key experiences in both my professional and non-profit
> careers which lend a distinctive perspective to the honorable work of a
> Trustee – especially the learnings gained over the last decade.  I
> passionately believe in the core values of the WMF and trust that the
> community and even the most energetic community members come from a place
> of good intent.  And as we all become closer and transition to debating the
> issues and not the people, the community will see I consistently speak from
> the heart, I am passionately committed to the movement with the best
> intent, and I am working hard to earn your trust.
> Regards,
> Arnnon
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