So I just received this:

> Thank you all again for submitting your candidatures for the Wikimedia
> Foundation Board of Trustees. The Board Selection Task Force and the
> Elections Committee are excited to inform you about the first community
> engagement opportunity of this 2022 Board election process.
> The Affiliate Representatives will be submitting questions for
> candidates to answer. The process will use the new Movement Strategy
> Forum <>, based on the open-source
> platform Discourse <>.
> The great thing about Discourse is replies can be automatically
> translated by users into their preferred languages. We will send you
> each an email invitation to join a private category once the time to
> answer questions begins (June 18). Each candidate will use their
> Wikimedia account to log in, there is no need to create a new account
> and password.

So by opposing this off-wiki forum, I've probably excluded myself from going any further in this election.


On 31/5/22 23:35:52, Mike Peel wrote:

 >     There is no on-site privacy policy, it just links to
 > <>?
 > See this pinned topic:
 > User privacy considerations in this forum
> <>

So this does not follow the WMF's privacy policy at:

You didn't answer this.

On 31/5/22 23:25:04, Quim Gil wrote:

On Wed, Jun 1, 2022 at 12:17 AM Mike Peel < <>> wrote:

    This is not a community review - this is an off-wiki discussion.

Participation is also welcome here: <>

Every single link under "Community review questions" goes to your new website. You state that "The Movement Strategy Forum is based on Discourse, a powerful open-source platform for community discussions." . I thought that's what MediaWiki was?

     > It's a Discourse instance.
    <> < <>>      > is an open-source platform specializing in community conversations.
    That's $100/month for a standard subscription. per <>.

This is for those who want to have their site hosted by the Discourse maintainers, which is an option we have taken for now. Discourse is free software.

So WMF is paying Discourse to hold community discussions that would normally be held on MediaWiki? Huh?

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