Hi Pine,

Yes, you are correct. The Board has not yet approved the annual plan for next 
year so our plans for the conference and other programs are contingent on Board 
approval.

Best regards,

Victoria



> On Apr 5, 2018, at 6:56 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Hi Victoria,
> 
> Thank you very much for the explanations.
> 
> I am glad to hear that the net effect of these changes will be that travel
> costs remain flat. Does that include lodging and per diem costs?
> 
> I would suggest collaborating with the WikiConference North America
> organizers to try to arrange for there to be no overlap between the two
> conferences. That may be impossible, but I think that it is desirable. To
> the best of my knowledge, the exact WMCONNA dates have been finalized
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference/WCNA/WikiConference_North_America_2018>
> while the WMTCON dates have not
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Technical_Conference/2018>. Both
> conferences could be in October but on different weekends so that there
> would be no overlap.
> 
> The WMF Board has not yet adopted the 2018-2019 WMF Annual Plan, which I
> believe means that the plans for the WMTCON and for the next WMF All Hands
> Conference are contingent on WMF Board approval of that annual plan. Is
> that correct?
> 
> I would like there to be a policy that every conference which receives WMF
> funding, including the Wikimedia Conference and All Hands, should go
> through a WMF Conference and Event Grants process
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference>, perhaps with levels of
> detail and scrutiny that are scaled according to the sizes of budgets and
> the number of anticipated participants. Even if funding is a foregone
> conclusion, I think that compelling all conference organizers to do this
> will help with transparency and to strengthen the planning and evaluation
> of conferences.
> 
> Pine
> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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