SarahSV, the rabbit whole goes far far beyond "mistaken ideas about the
Knowledge Engine".


On Sun, Feb 21, 2016 at 12:36 AM, SarahSV <> wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 20, 2016 at 5:16 PM, James Alexander <>
> wrote:
> It is probably best for me not to get into a long count/counterpoint here
> but I couldn't avoid not responding at all.
> James, several staffers have talked about feeling unappreciated and
> demoralized.​
> ​But that's how quite a few WMF staff made us feel before Lila arrived.
> WMF-community relations couldn't have been worse. It certainly looks from
> the outside as though Lila fixed a lot of that.
> The question now is how we move forward, with no more casualties.
> The best thing is surely for WMF staff to help Lila weather this storm,
> which seems to have blown up around mistaken ideas about the Knowledge
> Engine proposal.
> In the longer term we need to brainstorm about how to manage
> Foundation-community relations. Lila wanted to speak to the community
> earlier about the Knowledge Engine grant, but was afraid to. Why was that?
> A lot of the community's suspicion of change stems from us feeling we could
> be separated from our work at any minute. That conservatism causes a lot of
> frustration within the WMF. How can it be fixed?
> Does the Board give enough support to the ED and leadership to the rest of
> us? Can something be put in place within the WMF to help staffers so that
> things like this don't blow up in public? We also ought to discuss asking
> the WMF to become a membership organization with different bylaws so that
> we really do elect the Board.
> These are the discussions that will move us forward, because the real
> problem here is not about individuals. It is about structure.
> Sarah​
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