I've been reading sections of the strategy document with a couple of thoughts in mind.
* The relatively decentralized nature of the community makes negotiations challenging, both within the community and between the community and WMF. * Clashes between the community and WMF are usually lose-lose situations. Even for the side that eventually comes out on top, I think that there is a lot of stress, a lot of time lost, a lot of damage to assumptions of good faith, and a lot of unhappiness. In my brief search of the strategy document: * I think that the quality of the strategy document is more uniform than the quality of the working group draft recommendations, and the document is generally readable. Thanks very much to the people who contributed time and effort to produce a generally coherent document that can be used as a basis for discussions. * I have seen some descriptions of problems that I think are generally good. * I have not seen proposals that I think are likely to result in significantly improved relations between the community and WMF. There is some discussion of improving the efficiency of global discussions, but that would be difficult to do and is a separate issue from improving relations between the community and WMF. * There are multiple calls for changes that would cost many thousands of hours of volunteers' time to design, even assuming that there was consensus that the changes should be made. I think that the ambition here is unwise. * There are some proposals which are unlikely to get consensus. Even assuming that there is consensus in principle, getting consensus on implementation would be difficult. The best way forward, I think, would be to have the community as a whole and individual wiki communities adopt portions of the recommendations as they think best. There may be a few proposals which the community is willing to adopt globally through requests for comment on Meta. Proposals which are not adopted globally may be adopted by local consensus so long as they do not conflict with global policy. The WMF Board may want to adopt portions of the document for WMF's use. At this point, I would encourage WMF instead to wait to see what the community does with the recommendations. When the community decides to move forward with portions of the recommendations globally and/or locally, WMF can then offer to support those initiatives in ways that have community consensus. Patience will be required, but I think that this path will lead to the most harmonious and sustained progress. The alternatives involve more opportunities for chaos, frustration, and WMF-community conflict; please, let's not go there. Pine ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine ) _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>