Wikimedia Foundation elections/2022/Community Voting/Questions for Candidates

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Community members have the opportunity to learn more about candidates as they answer community-selected questions.

Candidate Video DetailsEdit

Candidates will record videos to share with the community ahead of the community voting period 16 to 30 August 2022. Candidates provide 3 minute answers to 6 community-selected questions. Please propose your questions below by 25 July 2022 and endorse the questions you would like to see included by 26 July 2022.

The Elections Committee will select the top 6 questions near the end of July. The Elections Committee will oversee the process, supported by the Movement Strategy and Governance team. MSG will check that the questions are clear, there are no duplicates, no typos, and so on.

Selected Questions for the Candidates to AnswerEdit

These questions were the most upvoted by the community members. After the Elections Committee reviewed the list of questions and upvotes, they selected these questions for the candidates to answer in their videos.

  • Under what circumstances should the WMF intervene in community affairs?
  • What role should affiliates play in the selection of Board members?
  • What do you think about the Foundation's current approach to fundraising?
  • What is the most radical change you would seek to see implemented in either the Foundation or the Movement?
  • Does the Wikimedia Foundation provide value for the community in proportion to its budget?
  • Do you think the Wikimedia Foundation's technical prioritization accurately reflects editors' wants and needs?

Watch the candidates' answers.

Candidate Optional Written AnswersEdit

The community has a created a page with on which candidates are invited to provide answers to all 19 questions. Candidates may choose to answer or not answer any of the questions on this page.

Proposed QuestionsEdit

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  1. What Board initiatives will you advance to provide resources for additional efforts in support of community workflows? New4Q (talk) 09:13, 20 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. * Pppery * it has begun 00:48, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. --Andreas JN466 17:18, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
  2. Suppose the United States Congress was considering enacting statutory compulsory licence fees to be paid by wealthy corporate beneficiaries of work done by volunteers under free licences (such as Wikipedia and free software) to those volunteers, via organizations supporting them. Should the Foundation support such legislation? Why or why not? If so, what amounts and remuneration processes would you prefer? New4Q (talk) 09:13, 20 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. --Andreas JN466 17:18, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. Onyinyeonuoha (talk) 20:13, 28 July 2022 (UTC) late vote
  3. The Endowment has not disclosed any financial status since June 2021, when it reached its $100 million goal five years early. How often should the Endowment report its market value, holdings, donations, transactions including rebalancing, fees, and commissions? What categories of investments should the Endowment avoid, if any? New4Q (talk) 09:13, 20 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed Andreas JN466 21:23, 24 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. — Bilorv (talk) 19:50, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. Onyinyeonuoha (talk) 20:14, 28 July 2022 (UTC) late vote
  4. What proportion of the budget should be allocated to grants, and how would you improve the grantmaking process? New4Q (talk) 09:13, 20 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. --Andreas JN466 17:18, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
  5. What departments within the Foundation do you believe should be scaled back, if any, and why? New4Q (talk) 09:13, 20 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. --Andreas JN466 17:18, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. — Bilorv (talk) 19:50, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
  6. 我的居住地區在2007年就有一個維基媒體附屬分會(本地註冊核准的非營利團體,“會員人數:30包含:讀者,編輯,翻譯者,分會的高級官員,工作人員,志願者”,入會費用每個人需要交付$35美元這,35美元在我的國家可以讓一個普通的上班族群生活7天,在所有的附屬組織這個會費排名第一)這個附屬分會的消極不作為,與各式各樣的個案政治立場對立產生的互相攻擊波及到了使用互聯網供應商分配到的IP地址被聯級封禁IP塊,這些狀況不斷的一再發生。仲裁委員會有沒有介入調查處理?
    Google translate:/
    There was a Wikimedia affiliated chapter in my area of ​​residence in 2007 (a locally registered approved non-profit group, "Number of members: 30 including: readers, editors, translators, senior chapter officers, staff, volunteers" , the membership fee needs to be paid $35 per person. This $35 can make an ordinary working group live for 7 days in my country. This membership fee ranks first in all affiliated organizations) The negative inaction of this affiliated chapter, and various In various cases, the mutual attacks caused by the opposition of political positions spread to the cascade blocking of IP blocks using IP addresses assigned by Internet providers. These situations continue to occur again and again.Has the Arbitration Commission intervened in the investigat?
  7. 維基媒體董事會決議通過的一項新的方案,對於在同一個地區存在不活躍的社區分會問題,可以由同一個地區的新成員申請替代該公司。目前在所有的國家普遍都存在這種現象,通常在一個國家/地區都有一個比較資深的附屬分會,一般的自由貢獻者不會因為沒加入分會就無法貢獻,但是在權利與社會資源的層面上就無法跟這種擁有複雜的利益、政治關係的少數人組成的小組一樣可以輕鬆的申請註冊到居住地政府的非盈利機構的身份,我們這些自由的貢獻者普遍都是屬於個人。分散在各個維基網站的各位的獨立志願者就算有意思參加選舉,也沒辦法得到任何社區成員的票數,每個“國家/地區”要在當地註冊成為非營利團體非常困難,如果不需要申請任何資助,自由的獨立志願者不須要面對這種難題,董事會成員決議通過的法案出自善意,普遍的獨立貢獻者想要在公平的競爭中獲得任何幫助,就必須需面對這些年來在層層權力組成的老團體,這些方案幫助不了被剝削的志願者。這些決議通過的方案是由那一個部門負責擬定計畫?
    Google translate:/
    A new plan approved by the Wikimedia board of directors. For the problem of inactive community chapters in the same region, new members from the same region can apply to replace the company. At present, this phenomenon generally exists in all countries. Usually, there is a relatively senior affiliated chapter in a country/region. Generally, free contributors will not be unable to contribute because they do not join a chapter, but at the level of rights and social resources It is impossible to apply for the status of a non-profit organization registered with the government of the place of residence as easily as a small group of people with complex interests and political connections. We free contributors generally belong to individuals. Independent volunteers scattered across various wikis will not be able to get votes from any community members even if they are interested in participating in the election. It is very difficult for each "country" to register as a non-profit organization locally. If you do not need to apply for any Funding, free independent volunteers don't have to face this kind of problem, the bills passed by the board members are well-intentioned, and the general independent contributors want to get any help in a fair competition, they have to face all these years. The old groups of power, these programs do not help exploited volunteers. The programs passed by these resolutions are the departments responsible for drawing up the programs?
  8. 還是同樣的問題,各個地區的附屬公司不曾有過合作的實務紀錄,包含維基媒體基金會本身旗下有6個職掌不同職務的委員會,各個委員會的成員有重疊,辦理事務的時候6個委員會在公告欄目的資訊中也沒紀錄可過曾經有2個以上的委員會協調合作的實務案例。委員會的體制屬於不需要了負任何法律責任的組織,我們無法信任這種不帶任何法律效力的人員管理共同的利益衍生的財務。能不能有一個專業負責的部門成立,基金會沒有準備聘雇員工的資金嗎,維基媒體基金會在全球各地有600多個員工,這些員工屬於那個部門?負責管理那些業務?
    新成立的全球中央委員會的正式名稱和業務範圍是什麼?
    我花了一個月的時間在元-維基網站上搜索相關信息。這些公告放在哪裡?
    Google translate:/
    Still the same problem, the affiliated companies in various regions have never had practical records of cooperation, including the Wikimedia Foundation itself, which has 6 committees with different positions, and the members of each committee overlap. When handling affairs, 6 committees The committee did not record in the information in the bulletin column any practical cases of coordination and cooperation between two or more committees. The committee system belongs to an organization that does not need to bear any legal responsibility, and we cannot trust such a person without any legal effect to manage the finances derived from common interests.Can a professionally responsible department be established, and the foundation has no funds to hire employees. The Wikimedia Foundation has more than 600 employees around the world, and these employees belong to that department? Responsible for managing what business? What is the official name and scope of business of the newly established Global Central Council?
  9. 董事會意識到了這些問題,也已經決議通過各種不同的法案用盡全部的心力實施各種保障政策,每一個公司的董事會成員最不喜歡開會討論,董事會處不是負責處理這些基礎問題的結構組成的工作小組,UCOC已經投票通過實施的決議案件怎麼一直保持在討論中的階段?種種的問題足夠表現出負責辦理這些業務部門的主管效率程度。招聘跨領域專業人士開出的條件用什麼標準擬定的?有這些業務營運經歷的專業人士通常都有一份穩定的職業,這些招募的廣告橫幅趕緊撤掉吧。想對公司製度進行整頓,但實際上還是沿用了招聘條件的老觀念,這個改革措施感覺很矛盾。
    Google translate:/
    I have spent a month searching for relevant information on the Metawiki website. Where are these announcements placed?
    The board of directors is aware of these problems, and has decided to pass various bills to exhaustively implement various safeguard policies. The board members of each company do not like to have meetings and discussions. The board of directors is not a working group that is structured to deal with these basic issues.How come the UCOC has voted to implement the resolution cases that have been kept in the discussion stage? The variety of problems is enough to show the efficiency of the managers responsible for managing these business units. What criteria are used to formulate the conditions for recruiting interdisciplinary professionals? Professionals with experience in these business operations usually have a stable career, and these recruiting advertising banners should be removed immediately. I want to rectify the company system, but in fact, I still use the old concept of recruitment conditions. This reform measure feels very contradictory.J.Mandy(talk)00:17, 21 July 2022 (UTC+8)
  10. Under what circumstances should the WMF intervene in community affairs? --Steven Sun (talk) 07:11, 22 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed Nosebagbear (talk) 15:33, 24 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed --Zblace (talk) 18:16, 24 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. * Pppery * it has begun 00:48, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. --Andreas JN466 17:18, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, Sdrqaz (talk) 17:36, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, Barkeep49 (talk) 17:45, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, KevinL (aka L235 · t) 18:26, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, TomDotGov (talk) 18:46, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, HouseBlaster (talk) 21:12, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. --Rschen7754 00:01, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. Onyinyeonuoha (talk) 20:19, 28 July 2022 (UTC) late vote
  11. What will you do to improve the quality of content in Wikimedia projects? --Steven Sun (talk) 07:48, 22 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. New4Q (talk) 14:05, 27 July 2022 (UTC)
  12. What does "neutrality" mean to you in an increasingly polarised world, where right and left, east and west constantly accuse each other of disseminating disinformation and fake news? --Andreas JN466 20:35, 22 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, TomDotGov (talk) 18:46, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
  13. What role should affiliates play in the selection of Board members? -- Tamzin[cetacean needed] (she|they|xe) 23:12, 22 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed Nosebagbear (talk) 15:45, 24 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. --Andreas JN466 17:18, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, Barkeep49 (talk) 17:45, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, KevinL (aka L235 · t) 18:26, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, Sdrqaz (talk) 23:58, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed Onyinyeonuoha (talk) 20:18, 28 July 2022 (UTC) late vote
  14. What do you think about the Foundation's current approach to fundraising? -- Tamzin[cetacean needed] (she|they|xe) 23:12, 22 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed Andreas JN466 21:22, 24 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, TomDotGov (talk) 18:46, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, HouseBlaster (talk) 21:12, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. — Bilorv (talk) 19:50, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
  15. How can the Foundation best support editors who are in crisis—be that medical (including psychiatric), legal, or something else? -- Tamzin[cetacean needed] (she|they|xe) 23:19, 22 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed --Zblace (talk) 18:16, 24 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, Barkeep49 (talk) 17:45, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, KevinL (aka L235 · t) 18:26, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed Onyinyeonuoha (talk) 20:18, 28 July 2022 (UTC) late vote
  16. What is the most radical change you would seek to see implemented in either the Foundation or the Movement? Nosebagbear (talk) 15:43, 24 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed --Zblace (talk) 18:16, 24 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, Sdrqaz (talk) 17:36, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, Barkeep49 (talk) 17:45, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, KevinL (aka L235 · t) 18:26, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. — Bilorv (talk) 19:50, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed Onyinyeonuoha (talk) 20:17, 28 July 2022 (UTC) late vote
  17. Does the Wikimedia Foundation provide value for the community in proportion to its budget? TomDotGov (talk) 23:46, 24 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. * Pppery * it has begun 00:48, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. --Andreas JN466 17:18, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, Sdrqaz (talk) 17:36, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. — Bilorv (talk) 19:50, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. --Rschen7754 00:34, 27 July 2022 (UTC)
  18. Do you think the Wikimedia Foundation's technical prioritization accurately reflects editors' wants and needs? Emufarmers (talk) 20:54, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, HouseBlaster (talk) 21:13, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. * Pppery * it has begun 00:10, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed, KevinL (aka L235 · t) 01:21, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. — Bilorv (talk) 19:50, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. --Rschen7754 00:34, 27 July 2022 (UTC)
  19. What do you think of this election process? Emufarmers (talk) 23:50, 25 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed Nosebagbear (talk) 09:03, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed Andreas JN466 17:07, 26 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. --Rschen7754 00:34, 27 July 2022 (UTC)
    Endorsed. Onyinyeonuoha (talk) 20:17, 28 July 2022 (UTC) late vote