Hi Rogol,

I think that suggesting a change of vocabulary is a good idea. I suggest
that you place that feedback on the page that Joe linked.

You might also mention -- although I'm not sure whether that page is the
best place for this suggestion, but adding it wouldn't hurt --
that WMF could transition itself to be a membership organization with
direct elections.

Also, I suggest that we keep in mind that the decision about terminology is
probably made made much higher up in the
WMF hierarchy than Joe's level. Let's try to be civil to staff who are
communicating decisions that trickle down from higher up in
the hierarchy.

Pine


On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 12:57 PM, Rogol Domedonfors <domedonf...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Joe,
>
> You don't mean "election" when it comes to the Board, unless you mean
> "election to the position of being considered for appointment by the
> Board".  Unless and until those positions are either truly directly elected
> by the Community, or the Board commits itself to appointing whomsoever the
> Community nominates irrespective of the Board's own view of their fitness
> for the post – which would be a violation of their duty as Trustees –
> please avoid the misleading term "election" and replace it by "nomination",
> or "selection", or "pre-election", or some other term that correctly
> reflects the fact that the only body with power to appoint a Board member
> is the Board itself.
>
> "Rogol"
>
> On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 8:47 PM, Joe Sutherland <jsutherl...@wikimedia.org
> >
> wrote:
>
> > Um. I of course mean "election", not "meeting". :)
> >
> > Joe
> >
> > --
> > *Joe Sutherland*
> > Community Advocate
> > Wikimedia Foundation
> >
> > On 14 July 2017 at 12:46, Joe Sutherland <jsutherl...@wikimedia.org>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hello all!
> > >
> > > The Support and Safety team is looking for your thoughts on the recent
> > > Wikimedia Foundation elections cycle - that is, the Board of Trustees
> > > elections in April/May, and the Funds Dissemination Committee meeting
> in
> > > May/June.
> > >
> > > What do you think went well, and what do you think could have gone
> > better?
> > >
> > > I'd love your thoughts, either on this email thread or on the dedicated
> > > Meta-Wiki page: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> > > elections/2017/Post_mortem
> > >
> > > Feel free to email me privately if you'd like to.
> > >
> > > Looking forward to hearing your thoughts, good or bad. :)
> > >
> > > best,
> > > Joe
> > >
> > > --
> > > *Joe Sutherland*
> > > Community Advocate
> > > Wikimedia Foundation
> > >
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