I should note I have been misquoted here - my exact wording, as can be seen on the wiki, was "has to be *resolved* by the committee". Determine means make up. Resolve means to form a resolution or to decide. A decision requires inputs - as we discovered in our first meeting over the weekend, the more complete the information / picture the committee has, the better the decision it can make. Public debate can and should take place on public issues - indeed, it proceeded quite well last week in this location - and can bring out points of view, links, documents, or outside information etc that is useful to everybody. That all then serves as input to internal discussions.
The purpose of my post at that time was to combat a perception I was getting from some places that either consensus on the wiki or mailing list was a suitable way to determine a chapter position. As several people have pointed out, we're a non profit organisation dealing with outside entities and we're expected to be responsible and to communicate clearly with one voice. That one voice is the resolution mechanism. That being said, a chapter position if one is developed doesn't bind any member to the position that results - Adam got it about right in his closing paragraph above. The key thing is that people don't say "Wikimedia Australia says blah" when Wikimedia Australia has not passed a resolution and put it on officialwiki to that effect. I cited the precedent of Phorm optout for that. That is a Wikimedia Australia position - it's official, anyone can see that, there is no debate on what WMAU's position is, even though members may hold their own view and are perfectly free as individuals to advocate for it. cheers Andrew 2009/12/21 Nathan Carter <cartma...@gmail.com> > On Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 4:25 PM, private musings <thepmacco...@gmail.com> > wrote: > > I also recently asked on the WMAU wiki about how an > > 'official chapter position' might be formed (on the ISP filtering stuff), > > and andrew responded that the official chapter position would be > determined > > by the committee > I don't agree that the official position should be determined solely > by the committee, it needs to be done in consultation with members and > endorsed by the committee. When we made a submission for the > Australian Digital Future Directions inquiry we asked the members of > the organisation for their input and views. It is important for this > consultation to be done on issues such as this. > > Regards, > Nathan. > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaau-l mailing list > Wikimediaaufirstname.lastname@example.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaau-l >
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