It would be interesting to know who made the decision that persons who do not 
endorse phase I will be excluded from further involvement in the process, and 
how that decision is justified in the context of Wikimedia project traditions.

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From: Wikimedia-l [] On Behalf Of 
Yaroslav Blanter
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2017 7:56 PM
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Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Movement Strategy: Endorse the strategic 
direction today! #wikimedia2030

For the record, at the talk page of the endorsement page,

we have a small number of contributors, including myself, who explain why they 
refuse to endorse the document. I do not expect us to be heard though.


On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 6:28 PM, Kaarel Vaidla <>

> Dear fellow Wikimedians,
> As a volunteer member of some of the support groups for phase 1 of 
> movement strategy process [1], I am excited about the Endorsement Day 
> and am one of the people who has *individually endorsed 
> <
> movement/2017/Direction/Endorsement#Individual_contributors>*
> strategic
> direction
> <
> movement/2017/Direction>
> .
> With my letter to Wikimedia-l I would like to remind everyone that 
> there is this possibilty of individual endorsement that may not have 
> really been highlighted. So, if you personally feel like endorsing the 
> direction, you are more than welcome to do that!
> I am happy to see already quite many endorsements on respective meta page.
> I am also happy that there are people presenting their discord with 
> strategic direction in a constructive way on the endorsement 
> discussion page 
> <
> movement/2017/Direction/Endorsement>.
> I think that it is important not only to endorse or not endorse the 
> document, but also to give rationale why it is done. I believe that 
> this will help us in moving forward together with Phase 2 and learn as we go.
> As a result I have written a small essay in my user namespace 
> <
> Endorsement_of_Wikimedia2030>
> presenting some of the reasons why I am happy with what we have 
> achieved in phase 1 and with having a strategic direction for our 
> movement. You may agree or disagree, but I feel it is important to express 
> one's opinion.
> Also I encourage everyone else to share their reasons for liking or 
> disliking the direction with wider Wikimedia public, so we can learn 
> more and have even more meaningful phase 2.
> I thank you for your time and kind attention!
> Best regards,
> Kaarel Vaidla
> [1] Namely, Community Process Steering Committee 
> <
> ess/
> Steering_Committee>,
> Track A Advisory Group
> <
> k_A/
> Advisory_Group>
> and Drafting Group
> <
> movement/2017/People/Drafting_Group>
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