On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 3:37 PM, CherianTinu Abraham

> Everyone is encouraged to volunteer for the chapter , regardless of what
> his or her day job is. There is nothing that prevents even a foundation
> staff or contractor even being the board member of the chapter , less alone
> any volunteer or member.  There are several Wikimedia chapters in the world
> who has paid and full time staff working for them. The Secretary (
> volunteer) of the Dutch chapter is also a Foundation Full time Contractor.
> Hope that clarifies

I'm not sure what you are talking about above.

The issue with Siebrand is a conflict of interest, as far as I know, they
should/would have declared it to their members. Laws in several countries
dictate that board of non-profit can not be paid employees of their own or
parent organizations. Several chapter board members usually resign to take
up employee position. It used to be that they had to resign to take up any
position as staff, but contractor is a relatively new feature with
confusing legality, but there are still individuals who see the distinction
and resign or declare their conflicts upfront. Board members by definition
can not be paid employees, this is not my distinction but a legal one.
Something I believe all WIkimedia organizations should adhere to.

I believe Ashwin explained it much better than I could. If we can demarcate
what role someone does something as, it would help a lot. The community
staff at WMF usually keep 2 accounts to demarcate this clearly, on wiki.

It might not be "practically separate whether  we does something as a
volunteer...." the distinction is actually quite simple. One that en.wp,
staff and majority of the community holds- paid vs. non-paid. What one does
as an employee is separate from what one does as an employee. That is why
they have two accounts and rather large disclaimers on their user pages,
demarcating this very difference.


P.S. @achal lol
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