I found this response interesting. It highlights the imbalance we, on the
outside, are having to deal with. It is OK for anyone to criticize the ED
on this list and elsewhere but if she says something that implies
shortcomings on the part of one or more of her staff or former staff - and
if WMF had problems when she arrived at least some of them were staff
problems - it is used as proof she's "literally Hitler".
None of us on the outside knows who's Hitler here. And I guess we never
will. Sorry, but the volunteers who actually write and run Wikipedia can't
just believe either of you.
Does anyone know when the board is meeting (has it met) to resolve this? I
don't want them to rush a poorly thought-through decision but, after a
while, inaction in a human crisis like this becomes negligent abuse.
On 22 Feb 2016 10:53 pm, "Giuseppe Lavagetto" <glavage...@wikimedia.org>
> Dear Lila,
> I woke up this morning and as usual I went for my WMF email with my coffee.
> I woke up to read my ED implying that the employee discontent was due
> to, amongst other things:
> > We’ve asked for adjustment in attitude towards work, our
> responsibilities and professional relationships.
> > We prioritised impact and performance so that we can provide more value
> to our communities and the world.
> Now, one easy way to read this, the most obvious one, is that the
> attitude towards work of the WMF employees was somewhat not right or
> unprofessional, and that we were lazy and not goal-driven.
> I would find this inappropriate in an internal email, but you went to
> state that in public, and I have to admit I find this is deeply
> offending on a personal and professional level.
> I restrained from expressing publicly any issues I might have
> with your own performance; I would love you to not
> spread covert allegations on my performace and professional attitude
> (not specifically, but well, I'm part of the staff here right?).
> For the first time in the two years since I joined the WMF I felt a
> sour taste in my mouth for just sitting down to work.
> Deeply sad,
> "WMF Staff morale"
> Giuseppe Lavagetto
> Senior Technical Operations Engineer, Wikimedia Foundation
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