On 23/08/2017 15:32, Andy Mabbett wrote:
On 23 August 2017 at 12:32, Katie Chan <k...@ktchan.info> wrote:

Let's go with the broader definition from (en) Wiktionary - "A process of
choosing ... or other representatives by popular vote.", or even beyond the
first sentence from en Wikipedia - "To elect means "to choose or make a
decision", and so sometimes other forms of ballot such as referendums are
referred to as elections, especially in the United States.".

The community does not chose the representatives. It merely makes
*non-binding* recommendations.

The choice - as to whether *or not* to accept them - rests entirely
with the board.

The winners are still the chosen representatives of the community even if the existing board were not to appoint them to the board for whatever reasons or none, there were still an election.

In the 13 years and 10 elections that has taken place, all the winners has been appointed by the way as far as I can tell, why the focus on that one word? Maybe feedback or suggestion to the overall process [1] would be more useful?

Katie

[1]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2017/Post_mortem


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