A meeting was held on IRC on February 5, 2006 to discuss the new committees set up last month. The meeting was open to anyone. A full transcript of the chat follows. Times are UTC +1. Angela was present, Anthere had been excused, jwales joined at 23:16, TimShell joined at 23:00. Kim Bruning took up the role of meeting-moderator. (Raw log: | Edited minutes: /Minutes)
21:53 JOIN: meeting_log 21:53:50 <paginazero> g'day folks 21:53 JOIN: WalterBE 21:54:04 <Dvortygirl> Amgine: mmm, cookies. :) 21:54:15 <TOR_CNR> kim_bruning: does that mean you've just burned your dinner? :P 21:54 JOIN: Datrio 21:54 JOIN: Pyb_ 21:54:25 <kim_bruning> too bad there's no stroopwafels :-P 21:54:33 <Amgine> The really hard ones are made by the kid and I, the cinnamon ones are storebought. 21:54:38 <kim_bruning> TOR_CNR, bruning, to do with brown, not burning, to do with black ;-) 21:54:42 <mav> anybody know if notafish will be at the meeting? She edited the meeting page saying yes.... \ 21:55:01 <soufron> /query mav 21:55:04 <soufron> ahah :) 21:55 Action: *mindspillage perks up: someone brought cookies? :-) 21:55 JOIN: TimStarling 21:55:18 <TOR_CNR> kim_bruning: whatever. to me the two are almost the same anyway... ;) 21:55 JOIN: Xirzon 21:55:30 <Amgine> I can get the hobnobs from the cupboard, if I knew you all wanted them... 21:55:30 <Xirzon> hi :) 21:55:33 <kim_bruning> galwaygirl turns into ChrisCE? 21:55:33 <Datrio> hey Tim, hej Xirzon 21:55:37 <Xirzon> wow, pretty full 21:55 Action: *_sj_ has some molasses snaps 21:55:40 <kim_bruning> That's an odd turn of events 21:55:48 <kim_bruning> hello Xirzon 21:55:49 <_sj_> galway, come back... 21:55:54 <mav> brb - I need to get my power cable (battery running low) 21:55:58 <kim_bruning> Hey! Hi _sj_ ! 21:56:06 <Xirzon> I've set up a log bot, it's running at http://scireview.de/wiki/com/channel.log 21:56:10 <TOR_CNR> yeah, there sure are more people here than are listed on the meta page :P 21:56 JOIN: MikeSnow 21:56 Action: *cimon only has Fisherman's Friends stocked. 21:56:20 <galwaygirl> _sj_: sorry, was joking with someone in #wikipedia-nl 21:56:25 <Xirzon> hello mike 21:56:31 <galwaygirl> i'll behave now 21:56 JOIN: Jeandre 21:56:32 <MikeSnow> Hi Xirzon, everyone 21:56 JOIN: SonicWN 21:56:34 <kim_bruning> galwaygirl, I missed it! 21:56 JOIN: cormaggio 21:56:45 <TimStarling> what meta page? 21:56:49 <galwaygirl> kim_bruning: what, the 3fm thing? 21:56:57 <Xirzon> TimStarling: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_meetings 21:56:58 <TOR_CNR> this one: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_meetings 21:57 JOIN: gattonero 21:57:12 <kim_bruning> galwaygirl, the joke... what 3fm thing? 21:57 Action: *TimStarling just knows everything by word of mouth these days 21:57:15 <Amgine> <points to topic> 21:57:20 <gattonero> oh god. 21:57:25 <gattonero> so english here :D 21:57:33 <Xirzon> hi gattonero! 21:57:38 <gattonero> hi Xirzon 21:57:39 <gattonero> :D 21:57:41 <brion> i want to thank the organizers for scheduling this meeting at a time i was awake for once ;) 21:58 Action: *TOR_CNR giggles 21:58:02 <takot> I surely does :) 21:58:09 <TOR_CNR> here here ;) 21:58:09 <takot> oops 21:58:12 <MikeSnow> brion: purely by accident 21:58:17 <takot> So do I. 21:58 JOIN: Trickstar 21:58:39 <Amgine> Other people are getting ready for bed, so let's get the meeting going. 21:59 JOIN: Celestianpower 21:59 JOIN: lambent 21:59:11 <cimon> Sorry for flooding... 21:59:14 <cimon> Topics of discussion may include: 21:59:14 <cimon> * scope of work for each committee 21:59:14 <cimon> * need for subcommittees and procedures to create them 21:59:14 <cimon> * membership procedures 21:59:14 <cimon> * roles within committees: chair, member, consultant 21:59:17 <cimon> * decision-making processes 21:59:19 <cimon> * ways to deal with confidential information 21:59:22 <AlisonW> brion ... when I worked for a SF company staff meetings were IRC at 3am! 21:59:22 <cimon> * interaction and communication between the committees and to the Board 21:59 JOIN: NullC 21:59:23 <cimon> * legal liability of committee and their members 21:59:25 <cimon> * multilingual membership 21:59 JOIN: elian 21:59:48 <Xirzon> hi elian 21:59:52 <elian> hiho 21:59:56 <Angela> One of the reasons the meeting was moved to this day was so Jimmy and Anthere could be here, so I suggest we wait a bit for them to arrive. 22:00:11 <Xirzon> elian: ah, your unique greeting ;) 22:00:24 <mav> ok - at full power now 22:00 Action: *_sj_ steps back from mav 22:00:42 <Xirzon> _sj_: I was about to do the same ;) 22:00:44 <TOR_CNR> cimon: There is a mistake there. Angela wrote that we should avoid the term "consultant". Use "advisor" instead. :) I'll edit that out now. 22:00:54 <cimon> right, at least wait for anthere, i wouldn't sweat jimbo... :) 22:01:07 <romihaitza> re gangleri 22:01:11 <Xirzon> whoops, looks like mav overheated 22:01 JOIN: unforgettableid 22:01:26 <kim_register> conslutant, sultant 22:01:27 <gangleri> Hi Mihai! 22:01 JOIN: mav 22:01:40 <GerardM> welcome back mav :) 22:01:42 <kim_register> hello elian! 22:01:48 <kim_register> Hello NullC! 22:02 JOIN: Kipcool 22:02:01 <Frieda> ciao elian :-) 22:02 JOIN: dannyisme 22:02:13 <Xirzon> hi danny! 22:02:20 <Frieda> ciao danny! 22:02:24 <dannyisme> hello all 22:02 JOIN: Commander_Keane 22:02:33 <mav> howdy 22:02:40 <Talrias> hello :) 22:02:43 <JoanneB> hi! 22:02:44 <takot> good morning :) 22:02:44 <Celestianpower> Hi all 22:02:49 <mav> let's get this party started 22:02 Action: *mindspillage waves 22:02 Action: *Celestianpower passes the popcorn 22:03:05 <romihaitza> gangleri, n-am inteles de ce ai spus ca nu e bine de forma Sat (Comuna), Judet 22:03:25 <Talrias> is it a search party, mav? 22:03 JOIN: Pathoschild 22:03:39 <mav> nah 22:03:40 <Angela> TOR_CNR: I forgot which way it was meant to be changed. :) 22:03 JOIN: blaite 22:04 JOIN: delphine 22:04 JOIN: FireFox 22:04 JOIN: Shanel 22:04:13 <mindspillage> hey, delphine. :-) 22:04:16 <mav> welcom all 22:04 JOIN: nach0king 22:04:18 <cimon> Anthere is on #wikimedia 22:04 JOIN: akl 22:04:26 <mav> damn - lots of people 22:04 JOIN: Alphax 22:04:26 <Xirzon> hi nota, akl, ... 22:04:36 <TOR_CNR> Angela: lol. I *think* it's the right way on the ChapCom page on internal. And it says "advisor" there, so... ;) 22:04 JOIN: EuropracBHIT 22:04:48 <TOR_CNR> delphine: hello there ;) 22:04:50 <Xirzon> mav: more interest than you would guess from the foundation-l thread 22:04:58 <mav> I guess 22:05:00 <EuropracBHIT> Hi Delphine and Mav. 22:05:05 <mav> hi 22:05:05 <EuropracBHIT> It's very important,isn't it? 22:05:09 <gattonero> hi delphine :D 22:05:12 <Talrias> Xirzon: sj just added it in the recent changes text on en ;) 22:05 JOIN: Tdevries 22:05:17 <Xirzon> ohhh 22:05:19 <cimon> Angela: you might try phoning them, if you have their numbas 22:05:33 <Xirzon> EuropracBHIT: It is TEH MEETING OF DOOM 22:05:36 <mav> first order of business ; who controls the paperclip budget? ;) 22:05:47 <cimon> or the /topic 22:06:04 <Angela> I don't think I have Anthere's new phone number. 22:06:04 <Talrias> can someone update "Now" to "6 minutes ago"? :) 22:06 JOIN: Pyb_ 22:06 JOIN: rob|coding 22:06 JOIN: ChrisO 22:06 JOIN: karynn 22:06:21 <romihaitza> :-) 22:06:23 <Celestianpower> How exciting - people 22:06:29 <ChrisO> anyone know what this meeting is to be about anyway? 22:06:35 <Talrias> nope, no one knows ChrisO 22:06 JOIN: AngryParsley 22:06:40 <Celestianpower> ChrisO: See the topic 22:06:40 <rob|coding> Completely and utterly a guess 22:06:41 <Shanel> hello people and robots 22:06:45 <rob|coding> With absolutely no basis in logic 22:06:47 <Xirzon> ChrisO: It's about the way the new Wikimedia Foundation committees are going to work. 22:06:47 <karynn> it's going to see how many people can be jammed into one place at one time 22:06:47 <LeBron> re Pyb_ 22:06:52 <AngryParsley> what's going on in this meeting? 22:06:54 <cimon> I kind of advertised on #wikipedia-en-admins, sorry about that. 22:06:55 <TOR_CNR> argh... lag :/ 22:06:55 <nach0king> the topic links to a few things but it doesn't actually say what the committees *are* 22:06:58 <rob|coding> But one might be inclined it's something to do with Wikimedia 22:07:05 <Talrias> rob|coding: nothing gets past you :) 22:07:06 <ChrisO> karynn: virtual telephone boxes are infinitely large 22:07:10 <Xirzon> nach0king: The resolutions for the committees are on http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolutions 22:07:13 <nach0king> thank you 22:07:17 <Xirzon> We might have to switch the channel to +m if it gets too noisy 22:07:17 <ChrisO> hmm 22:07:18 <ChrisO> Open meeting, February 2006 22:07:18 <ChrisO> Please see foundation-l for an explanation of this meeting and sign up below for the times you are available. The meeting will be held on Sunday February 5 at 21:00 UTC on the IRC channel #wikimedia-meeting on irc.freenode.net. 22:07:19 <mav> oh - and we have to make sure everybody submits their TPS reports on time 22:07:20 <EuropracBHIT> Whether outsiders should be on the committees, like on the list? 22:07:24 <rob|coding> Good evening Erik 22:07:25 <AngryParsley> nooo, not +m 22:07:28 <Xirzon> hi rob! 22:07:37 <Amgine> Committees are the new elements of governance being added to the Wikimedia Foundation. 22:07:40 <Xirzon> EuropracBHIT: Among other things, yes, we should discuss membership procedures. 22:07:44 <TOR_CNR> mav: what's a TPS report? :P 22:07:53 <ChrisO> okay, this looks like it 22:07:54 <Interiot> Has anybody seen my stapler? 22:07:54 <mav> exactly 22:07:55 <ChrisO> "I would like to propose an IRC meeting be held, for all committee organizers along with all community members who want to take an interest in the future running of the Foundation. The aim will be to find ways the committees can remain accountable, legally and financially, but also accountable to the Board and community. The meeting is also to discuss how open and transparent various aspects of those committees can or should be 22:08:05 <Talrias> is saying that making committees sounds very bureaucratic to me obvious to anyone else? :) 22:08:21 <delphine> Anthere is at the clinic :) 22:08:32 <mav> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TPS_report 22:08:38 <cormaggio> i thought she was going tomorrow 22:08 JOIN: Submarine 22:08:48 <delphine> she is there today 22:08:52 <brion> Talrias: we need just a touch of bureaucracy. When things don't get done because nobody has it in their responsibility, it sucks. :P 22:08:52 <cormaggio> no way 22:08:59 <Frieda> ciao delphine 22:09 Action: *gattonero eats some vegan pizza, in the meanwhile 22:09:01 <AngryParsley> I say jimbo should give a "state of the wiki" speech once a year 22:09:08 <Xirzon> Angela: let's start officially then? 22:09:09 <Talrias> brion: i know :) 22:09:10 <TimStarling> where's Jimmy? 22:09:15 <EuropracBHIT> I thought Wikimedians acted beyond the call of duty ... like on Uncyclopedia. 22:09:17 <rory096> angry: i second that 22:09:21 <Angela> I just sms'd him. I don't know if he'll come. 22:09:21 <AngryParsley> put it in the wikitustion 22:09:22 <mav> state of the wiki? 22:09:24 <EuropracBHIT> Me too. 22:09:39 <Interiot> http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/action/large/20ffdfe.jpg <== TPS report 22:09:46 <mav> who is moderating this meeting? 22:09:51 <AngryParsley> ok, enough office space crap 22:09:56 <Angela> any volunteers to moderate> 22:09:59 <Xirzon> I guess Angela is moderating, since she suggested it? 22:10:00 <Talrias> we need moderating? 22:10:08 <Xirzon> Angela: had enough coffee? :) 22:10:12 <AlisonW> Could people please use another channel (#wikiedmai perhaps) for side conversations and the state of theior drinking . cooking. thankyou 22:10:16 <AngryParsley> Talrias: men must be governed 22:10 JOIN: TerryFoote 22:10:30 <Xirzon> hello Terry! 22:10:37 <TerryFoote> Hey Xirzon 22:10:38 <mav> Terry! 22:10:39 <Tinfoiled> Is Wikimedia willing to ban specific U.S. Senate IP ranges from editing? 22:10:43 <EuropracBHIT> Angry Parsley: much as we hate to admit it, it's true. Much as we would like to live in a Roussean stateof nature... 22:10:44 <TerryFoote> Mav! 22:10:48 <EuropracBHIT> If it has to be that serious. 22:10:49 <ChrisO> angry: why? I'm happy living in a state of nature 22:10 JOIN: Chiacomo^ 22:10:59 <mav> we can start the meeting now that Terry is here 22:11:03 <Talrias> i propose we voice Angela, and +m the channel 22:11:04 <EuropracBHIT> Not everybody is. 22:11:05 <Talrias> who's TerryFoote? 22:11:08 <romihaitza> �04What about new wikipedia languages adding? 22:11:10 <unforgettableid> OK, what is the agenda? 22:11:12 <AngryParsley> Talrias: nooo 22:11:14 <mindspillage> Tinfoiled: that's more an en: admin noticeboard sort of thing, no? 22:11:15 <Talrias> romihaitza: turn that colour off please :) 22:11:19 <TimStarling> +c +c 22:11:22 <ChrisO> Talrias: seconded, otherwise this will be a bit anarchic 22:11:22 <rob|coding> How about we all shut up and let Angela or Erik start? ;-) 22:11:32 <romihaitza> sorry.. it was not in my intention 22:11:34 <Talrias> ChrisO: why are we passing motions in an IRC channel :p 22:11:38 <AngryParsley> at least give everyone voice, then devoice all the lame people 22:11:38 <kim_register> side talk -> #wikimedia 22:11:41 <kim_register> order order? 22:11 Action: *Xirzon solemnly waits for Angela to speak 22:11 Action: *unforgettableid too 22:12 JOIN: bawolff 22:12:00 <Angela> I don't want to moderate. I thought Jimmy or Anthere were going to, but tey're not here, so is there anyone else who wants to? 22:12 Action: *ChrisO passes Angela the mic 22:12:07 <Talrias> Angela: sure 22:12:11 <robchurch> ok 22:12:13 <Talrias> Angela: done it plenty of times before :) 22:12 JOIN: southpark 22:12:19 <robchurch> If we get badges 22:12:22 <EuropracBHIT> What about Tim? 22:12:23 <kim_register> ROTFL 22:12:24 <NullC> The meeting is worthless without Jimmy and Anthere. 22:12:26 <Celestianpower> Moderate? 22:12 MODE: +o Talrias by: ChanServ 22:12:32 <Talrias> eek 22:12:32 <elian> Angela: you're a good moderator 22:12:34 <kim_register> Talrias, ? 22:12:36 <AngryParsley> dun dun dunnnnn 22:12:36 <mav> not worthless 22:12:37 <Talrias> anyone wanna help? 22:12:40 <unforgettableid> ok 22:12:43 <ChrisO> Angela, did Jimmy and Anthere say they'd be here? 22:12:47 <Angela> Yes. 22:12 MODE: +v Angela by: Talrias 22:12:52 <AngryParsley> Talrias: don't op me, I'd only bring chaos and destruction 22:13 JOIN: borism 22:13:00 <kim_register> Ok, I'd better be mod too 22:13:00 <Angela> Elian: I can't really pay attention if I'm worried abotu voicing and unvoicing people. 22:13 MODE: +v mav by: Talrias 22:13 MODE: +o kim_register by: Talrias 22:13:13 <kim_register> that was very quick 22:13:13 <delphine> Angela well, Anthere has a good excuse :) 22:13 MODE: +v Xirzon by: Talrias 22:13:26 <AngryParsley> I would like voice though, if we're going to go +m soon 22:13:28 <kim_register> Anthere is ... busy ... right now 22:13 MODE: +v soufron by: Talrias 22:13:36 <kim_register> preplanned 9 months ago :-) 22:13:44 <robchurch> Ant's in labour? 22:13:46 <kim_register> we don't really need +v I don't think 22:13 MODE: +v TimStarling by: ChanServ 22:13 JOIN: Cruccone 22:13:55 <TimStarling> lol cabal 22:13:57 <EuropracBHIT> Wow, the first wikibaby. 22:13:57 <Talrias> it's to stop those chatty people :p 22:14:00 <kim_register> robchurch, dunno for sure exactly when
introductions (Angela, soufron)Edit
22:14:00 <Xirzon> Talrias: thanks. I think the idea is that each committee organizer present elaborates on their ideas of how the committee is supposed to be run, but perhaps we should start with a general discussion about the needs, role and configuration of an Executive Committee first. 22:14:03 <kim_register> Okay 22:14:09 <kim_register> can we get this meeting started? 22:14:14 <Talrias> right, off-topic chatter -> #wikimedia 22:14:15 <Angela> ok, so the current status is that at the last board meeting, we approved the creation of a number of committes: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_committees :"Leaving" 22:14 PART: robchurch 22:14:18 <Datrio> yes, please do 22:14:28 <AngryParsley> yes, we're meeting 22:14:35 <kim_register> (angela has the floor :-)) 22:14:40 <Angela> And now people are (meant to be) organising those and reporting on their membership etc, which the board will (in theory) approve. 22:14 MODE: +v dannyisme by: Talrias 22:14:57 <kim_register> Ok, so the board should be present, but is not at this point in time 22:15:06 <EuropracBHIT> How is the chapters committee going? 22:15:15 <EuropracBHIT> And the events committee? 22:15:15 <kim_register> EuropracBHIT, we'll get to that 22:15 MODE: +m by: Talrias : 22:15 PART: AngryParsley 22:15:59 <Xirzon> For the record, the appointed organizers of each committee are listed on the individual resolutions at http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolutions 22:16:00 <Angela> so far, only the chapter committee officially exists, with communications and finance in "motion to vote", and Special projects being voted on. There are no other votes pending for the others. 22:16 JOIN: basis 22:16:22 <Angela> Xirzon: they are also listed at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_committees 22:16 JOIN: ChrisCE 22:16:50 <kim_register> (folks stay cool) 22:16 JOIN: Teofilo 22:17:02 <mav> so what exactly do we need to talk about here? 22:17 MODE: -m by: kim_register 22:17:07 <Angela> One problem is the committees are just being made with little consideration of how they will operate, such as whether they will have to report to the board, or whether membership will be open and transparent. :"well, I don't have voice, we're talking about the chapter committee. So much for openess" 22:17 PART: delphine 22:17 JOIN: carlmb 22:17:26 <soufron> ? 22:17 JOIN: Jeandre 22:17:40 <Xirzon> Talrias: could you invite delphine back and give her voice, please? 22:17:41 <mav> wha... 22:17:47 <ChrisO> Angela: what status will the committee members have? will they be employees of the foundation, or some other formal sort of standing? 22:17:48 <Talrias> sorry, i missed her 22:17 MODE: +v TOR_CNR by: Talrias 22:18:05 <kim_register> channel is -m 22:18:06 <mav> not employees 22:18:12 <EuropracBHIT> Me too ... as an active member of the Wikimedia Australia sterring committee we do need her. 22:18:13 <EuropracBHIT> Good! 22:18:14 <kim_register> we don't need _+v 22:18:22 <Angela> Not employees, no, and also not "officers", so not covered by the B&O insurance. 22:18:24 <EuropracBHIT> Not that I shouldn't want to take on the extra responsibility ... 22:18:38 <soufron> well 22:18:39 <EuropracBHIT> More information about the insurance, please? 22:18:46 <soufron> since I am the one who drafted that committee system 22:18:51 <soufron> here is the way it works 22:18 JOIN: mark 22:19:10 <soufron> our current problem is that we are unable to get simple things done in fast and efficient way 22:19:16 <soufron> I don't mean complicated strategy decisions 22:19:16 <ChrisO> Angela: okay. one concern you might get from people is exposure to legal liabilities etc, e.g. if the next Siegenthaler decides to sue 22:19:20 <soufron> or difficult planning 22:19:21 <Angela> Michael Davis, Angela Beesley, Jimmy Wales, and Danny Wool are filling applications for insurance. This will cover the board and officers (current soufron is the only officer) 22:19:25 <soufron> pliease 22:19:32 <Angela> This isn't about content of the projects. 22:19:34 <mav> let soufron finish : 22:19 PART: Pathoschild 22:19 JOIN: MrMiscellanious 22:19:43 <EuropracBHIT> Yes, that's true ... things take months. Thank you for the explanation. 22:19 JOIN: delphine 22:19 MODE: +v delphine by: Talrias 22:19:51 <soufron> so once again 22:19:54 <soufron> here is the way it works 22:19:57 <soufron> our current problem is that we are unable to get simple things done in fast and efficient way 22:20:00 <NullC> Where the the currently proposed list of committees come from? How do we know that we're correctly targeted? or is this just based on what people are offering to do? 22:20:03 <soufron> I don't mean complicated strategy decisions 22:20:09 <soufron> ... 22:20:15 <mav> NullC ; Let soufron finish :"Leaving" 22:20 PART: MrMiscellanious 22:20:48 <soufron> but simple things like "let's pay 150$ to these 3 people so they can meet and get a few more things done" 22:21 JOIN: basis 22:21:06 <soufron> or "let's decide that this and this guy will have to register these 2 domain names by next month" 22:21:16 <soufron> as of today, these very simple decisions takes months : 22:21 PART: FireFox 22:21:18 <soufron> when they are taken 22:21:45 <mav> committees = delegation of authority 22:21:50 <karynn> soufron: sounds like you need an executive director 22:21:53 <ChrisO> might I ask who decides them currently? 22:21:56 <EuropracBHIT> Will each committee operate on a date restriction .. like 30 days or so? 22:21:56 <soufron> please 22:21:56 <Angela> Yes, one idea for committees was to delegate authority away from the board so more people could do stuff without waiting too long for the board to decide something. 22:21:59 <soufron> please 22:22:14 <soufron> our point is that we need small decisions to be taken 22:22:25 <soufron> there is no need for a real executive director as of today, not yet 22:22:35 <soufron> but there is a need for small delegations of executive authority 22:22:44 <soufron> to people who want to help on a volunteer basis 22:22:52 <mav> *nod* 22:22 JOIN: Sbisolo 22:23:06 <soufron> with an easy and efficient control coming back from the community and from the board (wich also represent the community) 22:23:17 <soufron> then 22:23:21 <soufron> we had that problem 22:23:25 <soufron> and in january 22:23:46 <soufron> we decided to hold a meeting in florida to work on this and on other problems 22:23:50 <soufron> with angela 22:23:52 <soufron> michael 22:23:53 <soufron> tim 22:23:55 <soufron> delphine 22:23:56 <soufron> danny 22:23:59 <soufron> mav 22:24:03 <soufron> me 22:24:05 <soufron> who else ? 22:24:06 <soufron> terry 22:24:11 <dannyisme> anthere on the phone 22:24:11 <soufron> and well, other people :) 22:24:11 <mav> Brad 22:24:17 <TimStarling> jimmy 22:24:17 <Angela> Terry wasn't at that meeting. 22:24:19 <soufron> plus anthere on the phone and brad, the attorney of the wmf 22:24 JOIN: the_lurker 22:24:31 <soufron> Angela, true, but he was at the office and we talked to him too :) 22:24:36 <Angela> Brion and domas were on the phone for part of it. 22:24:44 <soufron> then 22:24:54 <soufron> we took 3 or 4 days discussing these issues 22:25:00 <soufron> and we tried to find a way to get it done 22:25:04 <soufron> especially because of me 22:25:05 <mav> long days 22:25:06 <soufron> let me explain 22:25:22 <soufron> as you know, I am the chief legal officer of the foundation 22:25:32 <soufron> I am supposed to take care of trademarks, etc... now 22:25:43 <soufron> but ... 22:25:49 <EuropracBHIT> How did the trademark decision come to be? 22:25:54 <soufron> in december, we had a huge trademark crisis 22:25:58 <soufron> something big 22:26:02 <soufron> I won't get into details here 22:26:15 <soufron> for judicial safety reason, as well as for time reason 22:26:17 <Angela> Please don't since the meeting is being logged. 22:26:30 <soufron> but basically, I needed things decided in a matter of hours 22:26:34 <EuropracBHIT> Do you ever edit the loggs? 22:26:35 <soufron> I mean : money 22:26:36 <soufron> and signatures 22:26:41 <soufron> how to do that ? 22:26:47 <soufron> I needed a decision from the board 22:27:04 <soufron> with these 5 people living in 5 different places to take some time to sign and decide 22:27:12 <soufron> only to talk to them was a hassle 22:27:29 <soufron> and delphine has exactly the same problems with her work on wikimania and the local chapters 22:27:39 <soufron> her solution for wikimania was to ask to become an external contractor 22:27:45 <soufron> so that she would not depend on decisions from the board 22:27:50 <EuropracBHIT> That has its problems, doesn 22:27:54 <EuropracBHIT> 't it? 22:27:54 <soufron> but I could not do that 22:27:57 <soufron> so 22:28:03 <soufron> we held a meeting with brad 22:28:07 <Talrias> these committees are intended to streamline the procedures? 22:28:10 <soufron> who just happen to be specialized in governance 22:28:12 <ChrisO> hmmm 22:28:24 <dannyisme> a long meeting 22:28:25 <soufron> and we begun brainstorming 22:28:29 <soufron> for... 3 days 22:28:31 <soufron> loooong days 22:28:36 <dannyisme> soufron, can I add something 22:28:55 <soufron> what to do ? ceo or not ? giving more power to 2 or 3 people from the board, or not ? 22:28:57 <soufron> dannyisme, go ahead 22:28:58 <ChrisO> so really, what you need is some sort of delegated network of people authorised to take executive decisions on behalf of WMF 22:28:58 <AlisonW> With any organisation (and this is no different in this respect) there needs to be a defined path to a decision; where the authority lies and to what level it can be used 22:29:06 <dannyisme> yes 22:29:08 <dannyisme> thank you 22:29:11 <ChrisO> since you would need to be able to deal with multiple jurisdictions 22:29:14 <dannyisme> also, i want to add one point 22:29:17 <ChrisO> and multiple timezones 22:29 JOIN: Ugur_Basak 22:29:27 <dannyisme> the wikimedia foundation is registered in the state of florida 22:29:31 <ChrisO> is that right? or are we just talking about what will meet US requirements? 22:29:33 <dannyisme> and comes under florida law 22:30:12 <dannyisme> to maintain our legal status, it was necessary that we adhere to florida law regarding institutions like ours 22:30:20 <dannyisme> that is all 22:30:27 <soufron> so 22:30:40 <soufron> we needed to be able to arbitrate between all of this 22:30:59 <soufron> and my idea was to create groups of people with small delegated authority from the board 22:31:00 <soufron> I mean 22:31:13 <soufron> practicallly speaking, most of the blocked decisions imply nothing big 22:31:15 <Talrias> will the committees have any actual authority? 22:31:20 <soufron> just small amounts of money 22:31:25 <soufron> or small signature powers 22:31:43 <mav> each committe would have its own budget, yes? 22:31:47 <Xirzon> soufron: While I completely share your concern about small delegations of authority, larger decisions are affected in exactly the same way by exactly the same communication and decision-making bottlenecks. 22:31:55 <soufron> Xirzon, please 22:32:02 <Angela> Committees would ave budgets, yes. 22:32:02 <Xirzon> yes? 22:32:06 <soufron> so 22:32:15 <soufron> the thing is to have groups of people 22:32:24 <soufron> and to get them to propose things that the board can actually vote on 22:32:26 <soufron> I mean... 22:32:30 <soufron> not the way you work today :-) 22:32:43 <soufron> that's why, based on my experience 22:32:45 <soufron> I suggested 22:32:54 <soufron> weekly or bi-weekly meeting 22:32:58 <soufron> where you vote and you don't discuss 22:33:11 <soufron> with proposals being deposited 5 days before 22:33:34 <soufron> these committees only vote on the topics that the board delegated to them 22:33 JOIN: WiseWoman 22:33:40 <TimStarling> can we talk about the committee selection process yet? 22:33:40 <Angela> I don't see the point of committees *not* discussing what they're voting on. 22:33:42 <soufron> the board can take back any delegation at any time 22:33:45 <carlmb> the committees would be vote-based? : 22:33 PART: Commander_Keane 22:33 JOIN: Dbl2010 : 22:33 PART: ChrisO 22:33:57 <soufron> please : 22:34 PART: Celestianpower 22:34:07 <Xirzon> soufron: I think you're going from telling the history of the committees to telling us about a particular setup preferred by you. 22:34:19 <Xirzon> I would prefer to discuss the exact setup and communication procedures, as well as the nature of delegation of authority openly. 22:34:20 <dannyisme> Angela, to be precise, the committees have time to discuss, but the meeting is for purposes of voting after discussions have taken place 22:34:23 <TOR_CNR> Angela: from what I've understood, he was talking about the board voting, not the committees 22:34:36 <soufron> Xirzon, I am talking about what I suggested based on my experience and based on the expertise of Brad, the florida attorney for the WMF 22:34:39 <soufron> then 22:34:45 <Xirzon> soufron: right. 22:34:51 <Angela> TOR_CNR: no, I don't think so. 22:35:00 <TOR_CNR> ok, I could be wrong :P 22:35:04 <_sj_> hey wise_woman 22:35:20 <Datrio> TOR, get your... to xpl! :P 22:35:21 <Xirzon> now, one topic I would like to discuss in particular is the Executive Committee, which is to be organized by Angela alone, and its relation to other committees. 22:35:23 <soufron> now !
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22:35:24 <Angela> can I can talk about one problem that has come up on the board wiki this week now? 22:35:24 <soufron> the big part 22:35:32 <soufron> what will the committee do and how will they work ? 22:35:35 <WiseWoman> Hi, sorry I'm so late - couldn't get Mirc to let me onto irc.freenode.net tonight. 22:35:37 <soufron> very simple 22:35:41 <EuropracBHIT> What is the problem, ANgela? 22:35:44 <soufron> they will decide it by themselves 22:35:52 <soufron> and if they don't, they will get no delegations from the board 22:36:04 <soufron> so instead of having 5 people deciding nothing 22:36 MODE: +v brion by: Talrias 22:36:26 <soufron> we give a chance to groups of people to decide small things that are being needed 22:36:32 <soufron> from my point of view 22:36:35 <soufron> this is a job 22:36:37 <soufron> volunteer ok 22:36:39 <soufron> but a job 22:36:53 <kim_register> right, with regular work 22:36 JOIN: nsh 22:36 MODE: +v JamesF|Away by: Talrias 22:36:58 <kim_register> regular meetings 22:37:00 <mav> exactly - and a job you can get fired from 22:37 MODE: +v elian by: Talrias 22:37:08 <akl> including responsability 22:37:09 <soufron> so the only thing I insisted on was that they would hold regular meeting, that they would only vote on proposal, that these propsals would have to be proposed 5 days before and that they would have to ask for delegations 22:37:10 <EuropracBHIT> So I see you have to be quick and good to make decisions to be on the committee. 22:37:11 <soufron> then... 22:37:21 <soufron> do you really think these committees can be closed ? 22:37:23 <EuropracBHIT> What is the dismissal procesdure? I don't think that's too onerous. 22:37:29 <EuropracBHIT> How do you ask for delegations? 22:37:29 <Angela> One issue that was raised since the last meeting is that the committees risk becoming closed processes where no one knows how they can become a member, and no one knows what the committee is up to, so I proposed the following but it didn't get Board support. 22:37:35 <Angela> 1. Every committee shall submit a report to the Board monthly. 22:37:35 <Angela> 2. Committee members conduct their activities publicly wherever possible, using internal means of communication only when confidentiality is required. 22:37:35 <Angela> 3. Committee membership shall be an open and transparent process, with all committee members being informed of changes to membership, and outsiders understanding how they may join the committee. 22:37:37 <soufron> everything could be done throught resolutions from the board 22:37:40 <Angela> I'd like ideas on a compromise proposal that might get more support, and also comments on whether committee actions can or should be open and transparent. 22:38:00 <soufron> it's very simple 22:38 JOIN: FCYTravis 22:38:07 <Xirzon> Angela: that sounds perfectly reasonable. who opposed it and why? 22:38:08 <soufron> if someone in a committee wants it to be open 22:38:08 <kim_register> Angela, Committee activities should be as open as possible 22:38:13 <soufron> please 22:38:15 <Angela> Soufron: everything should not be done through board resolutions. That defeats the point of delegating authority away from the board. 22:38:17 <soufron> let me give a practical example 22:38:20 <soufron> please boys 22:38:20 <kim_register> ok, go ahead soufron! 22:38:29 <kim_register> floor to soufron 22:38:37 <soufron> so 22:38:51 <soufron> let's imagine our friend here Angela thinks the XXX committee is not open enough 22:38:55 <soufron> what does she do ? 22:38:59 <Xirzon> we have an XXX committee? :) 22:39:01 <soufron> she wrap up a proposal 22:39:09 <soufron> she makes her proposal public 22:39:17 <soufron> and she puts it to vote for the next XXXC meeting 22:39:20 <WiseWoman> Angela, what was the reason for no support? 22:39:30 <soufron> and pouf 22:39:36 <soufron> suddenly everything is open 22:39:42 <WiseWoman> This is a big problem - there are so many committees, who can see where they are and what they are doing? 22:39:47 <soufron> please 22:39:51 <TimStarling> some people want the committees to decide things in secret 22:39:55 <soufron> there is no need for us to draft the details 22:40:02 <Xirzon> soufron: I don't think it makes sense to leave the standard of openness entirely to the committees themselves. There needs to be board and community oversight. 22:40:06 <soufron> we should not try to control the community 22:40:09 <TimStarling> and some people want only the already-nominated committee organisers to be able to decide who is on the committees 22:40 JOIN: Erik_Zachte 22:40:17 <Xirzon> soufron: exactly. the community should control itself :) 22:40:26 <EuropracBHIT> Do all the committees have organisers yet? 22:40:29 <TimStarling> coincidentally, they are in fact committee organisers 22:40:29 <soufron> we must just be able to give some delegation to people with the community, when they want to do stuff and when they need our support 22:40:30 <Angela> soufron: are you saying you don't think the committees should bother reporting to the board on what they're doing? 22:40:36 <NullC> So is anyone going to answer my previous query on the subject of "how do we know the proposed committees are the ones we need?" 22:40:39 <Xirzon> EuropracBHIT: formally, yes. 22:40:43 <soufron> please 22:40 MODE: +v NullC by: kim_register 22:40:51 <akl> TimStarling: okay, next time wikimedia germany gets sued, we'll discuss our legal strategy on public mailing lists ;) 22:40:56 <soufron> well if committees should report, just make it so 22:41:04 <TimStarling> akl: nobody is saying everything should be public 22:41:11 <akl> TimStarling: good 22:41 MODE: +o cimon by: Talrias 22:41:14 <Xirzon> soufron: You've had the floor. Let's go through the agenda now in an open discussion, please. 22:41:17 <soufron> and if the board thinks they should report, what is more simple than refusing delegations if they don't ? 22:41:18 <WiseWoman> NullC - I assume we don't. This is a first iteration :) 22:41:25 <Angela> NullC: they might not be, but most of them came from already informal groups of people working on specific things, like legal, tech, finance, so they seemed to be almost committees before, but without any authority. 22:41:27 <TimStarling> read Angela's resolution again 22:41:42 <NullC> Angela�:� I don't see legal on the current proposal. 22:41:45 <Xirzon> soufron: I'll give you an example of a not-so-small delegation of authority that is needed. 22:41:48 <WiseWoman> AKL - well, why not? That's the point about being an open society, isn't it? No secret meetings! 22:41:52 <Xirzon> As you are aware, the German Wikipedia has managed to partner with a publisher called Directmedia to produce a DVD edition of their content. 22:41:52 <NullC> For example... 22:41:52 <kim_register> hang on, everyone at once! 22:41:55 <soufron> so 22:41 MODE: +v _sj_ by: Talrias 22:41:58 <Xirzon> Directmedia has sent product samples to the Wikimedia Foundation US repeatedly. In spite of our commitment to produce an English Wikipedia DVD, they have not yet heard back -- this is what I have been told. 22:41:58 <akl> WiseWoman: excuse me? 22:42:00 <Angela> NullC: trademarks is a legal issue. 22:42:03 <soufron> from a legal point of view, that is the maximum we can do today 22:42:11 <Xirzon> soufron: no. 22:42:16 <soufron> Xirzon, yes 22:42:25 <soufron> and Brad also agree with me 22:42:38 <soufron> other solutions would be to completely change our governance 22:42:44 <NullC> Okay, sure, we've got a trademark group proposed.. But does the trademark issue really have scaling problems? 22:42:45 <NullC> If I may be so bold as to ask outright, What committee will be charged with stopping the flagrant disregard for US and international copyright habitually committed by Wikipedia users and administrators? Eg. [[Image:Becerra_string_quartet_4_-_1allegro.ogg [[Image:Bakercolin.jpg I find it more than a little disappointing that a project chartered with creating free content does so little to ensure that the content is actually free. 22:42:52 <Xirzon> soufron: Yes. And as lawyers, you are inclined to be cautious with these things. But as Brad has explained, all authority is delegated from the Board, and the Board can choose how much authority is to be delegated. 22:43:10 <Xirzon> soufron: there is nothing wrong with completely changing our governance. In fact, I would argue that it is very much necessary to do so, and exactly the right time to do so. 22:43:16 <EuropracBHIT> hear hear Null C. 22:43 Action: *Talrias proposes we get through the agenda and then deal with other issues 22:43:19 <Xirzon> I would also argue that the committees are exactly the correctinstrument to do so. 22:43:23 <soufron> Xirzon, my proposal is humanly feasable 22:43:29 <soufron> I mean, let's be realistic 22:43:32 <soufron> first 22:43:32 <_sj_> (nullc: it is tough. It would be interesting to see a review of the types of committees that a half-dozen similar organizations have, for varying definitions of 'similar') 22:43:37 <brion> NullC: that's a matter of community self-policing. policy already forbids copyright violations, and they are to be removed when seen. 22:43:39 <soufron> why would we change something that's actually working ? 22:43:42 <Xirzon> And I would argue that a complete change of governance is entirely inevitable, and that closed committees simply change the organization into a more closed, corporate structure, whichi s entirely unnecessary. 22:43:45 <soufron> we just need to HELP people a little bit 22:43:48 <soufron> not to control them 22:43:56 <Xirzon> soufron: I would argue that it is very much not working fully at the moment. There are huge communication bottlenecks. 22:43:56 <soufron> even speaking of governance makes me feel bad 22:43:59 <kim_register> NullC, None so far, none of my questions in that field have been answered so far 22:44:12 <Xirzon> soufron: You're exactly right. We want to empower people as much as possible. And that is what the committees can do. 22:44:15 <kim_register> brion, well, policy is changing there. 22:44:16 <Xirzon> And that is what we should talk about. 22:44:30 <NullC> brion�:� But what do we do when it's not just random web users disregarding copyright? I think, for that matter the community has exausted its options. 22:44:30 <Xirzon> Wikimedia is an organization which thrives from networking people. 22:44:34 <Angela> can we not get too far off-topic, but talk about whether having transparency is even a desired feature of the committees? 22:44:34 <Xirzon> Another example is Wiktionary. 22:44:38 <brion> kim_register: if some people claim to be doing so, they should be immediately desysopped (if opped) and banned. 22:44:48 <soufron> no 22:44:49 <TimStarling> perhaps it would be good if soufron or Brad could provide some references supporting their opinions on corporate governance? 22:44:53 <Xirzon> GerardM has built contacts to the European Union, to standards bodies, to translator associations. 22:44:56 <soufron> we don't need to empower people 22:44:58 <NullC> Angela�:� Does anyone propose transparency as completely undesired? 22:45:01 <kim_register> brion, Ok, that's something to discuss with the en.wikipedia community 22:45:10 <Xirzon> There is nobody who can carry these contacts to the foundation level because the only organizational body that makes decisions is the Board of Trustees. 22:45:10 <mav> transparency should come from monthly and quarterly reports by the committees 22:45 JOIN: TiteSeverinette 22:45:12 <kim_register> brion, but I have no data to back up that position 22:45:13 <soufron> we just need to help them 22:45:14 <brion> kim_register: and that's outside the scope of this meeting. 22:45:14 <_sj_> Angela: Sure. Was that the primary trouble with the proposal you mentioned? 22:45:14 <kim_register> Alright! 22:45:15 <Angela> NullC: that's what I'm asking. 22:45:16 <kim_register> ORDER! 22:45:18 <Xirzon> which is entirely aptiycal and entirely unsuual for any non-profit organization. 22:45:19 <kim_register> ORDER! 22:45:20 <soufron> pliz 22:45:24 <TiteSeverinette> salut 22:45 Action: *kim_register slams the hammer down 22:45:33 <kim_register> Angela, go ahead 22:45:33 <Angela> Sj: I was hoping tim or michael would be here to answer that for themselves. 22:45:37 <_sj_> ('lut tite) 22:45:37 <soufron> my proposal is not only simple 22:45:39 <soufron> it is also efficient 22:45:44 <soufron> and it's not dangerous 22:45:49 <soufron> maybe it will work 22:45:58 <mav> soufron ; could you write that up on meta? 22:45:59 <kim_register> Or we'll go to +m anyway 22:46:00 <soufron> maybe it won't 22:46:01 <TimStarling> Angela: so did anthere support it? 22:46:05 <Angela> Yes. 22:46:12 <kim_register> <Angela> can we not get too far off-topic, but talk about whether having transparency is even a desired feature of the committees? 22:46:16 <EuropracBHIT> What does Jimbo think? 22:46:16 <_sj_> There are also many kinds of transparency. It is not monolithic... 22:46:20 <Angela> perhaps some comments from soufron, danny, and delphine on why committees shouldn't be open would be useful? 22:46:26 <soufron> but if it does not work, then we will simply try something stronger in 2 or 3 months 22:46:30 <kim_register> Are there any arguments for transparency, against? 22:46:37 <soufron> why would not they be open ? 22:46:40 <soufron> I think they should be open 22:46:46 <Xirzon> soufron: what will be your indication that it doesn't work? If you give people authority, they are likely to hold onto it, and defend it. 22:46:46 <soufron> but it's up to them to make themselves open 22:46:48 <Angela> open membership? 22:46:52 <soufron> committees will draft their own rules 22:46:55 <soufron> that simple 22:46:56 <kim_register> soufron, we can't force them open? 22:46:56 <AlisonW> There are justifications for not to be /fully/ open though ... 22:46:58 <mav> different committees, even subcommittees, will require different levels of transparancy 22:47:01 <Xirzon> soufron: no, it should be up to the board to ensure that the committees are open and participatory. 22:47:05 <kim_register> Okay, AlisonW , go ahead? 22:47:09 <EuropracBHIT> Who approves the rules of the committee? 22:47:11 <Angela> My view is that people should at least know *how* they can join a committee. 22:47:21 <kim_register> Ok, easy does it 22:47:22 <Angela> EuropracBHIT: it's not currently clear. 22:47:28 <soufron> Xirzon, since the board will accept and refuse delegations... the board will actually ensure that they are open and participatory 22:47:31 <AlisonW> Putting it simply - and you just have to look at this meeting - a ctte needs to look at possibilities without everyone shouting their preference 22:47:31 <soufron> once again 22:47:36 <soufron> look at the system once again 22:47:37 <AlisonW> it needs to investigate the options and to do that 22:47:39 <soufron> the board 22:47:42 <soufron> delegates authority 22:47:44 <soufron> to committees 22:47:47 <dannyisme> Angela, people cant know how to join a committee without having committees in place first 22:47:48 <soufron> on small things 22:47:48 <Xirzon> soufron: Angela has submitted a very specific resolution. 22:47:49 <AlisonW> it doesn't need to have too many voices clamoring to be heard at once 22:47:50 <soufron> and simple things 22:47:56 <soufron> it can take it back whenever it's needed 22:48:08 <AlisonW> once it present a selection of reviewed ideas then they can be discussed and pmaybe expanded if required 22:48:10 <soufron> and committees just work the way they want 22:48:12 <soufron> it's not exclusive 22:48:14 <Xirzon> dannyisme: the committees should not be approved (i.e. delegated authority) unless they have clear membership procedures. 22:48:18 <Angela> dannyisme: we have the committees: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_committees 22:48:21 <nach0king> can i just ask Angela (or anyone else) who is eligible to join a committee? and (if this isn't going too far off topic) how then will they be selected to join a pre-existing committee 22:48:27 <dannyisme> no 22:48:28 <dannyisme> wait 22:48:28 <Xirzon> soufron: they should not just "work the way they want". this is moving authority away from the community. 22:48:30 <mav> ultimate authority is with the board ; anything they give can be taken away at any time 22:48:30 <dannyisme> clarification 22:48:32 <TOR_CNR> ONE AT A TIME, please. 22:48:36 <Angela> Nach0king: that's what we need to sort out. 22:48:37 <dannyisme> we have, as now, only one committee 22:48:46 <dannyisme> people were not asked to be on committees 22:48:47 <soufron> Xirzon, that is getting things done 22:48:53 <dannyisme> people were asked to help form committees 22:48:58 <dannyisme> they would submit names to the board 22:48:59 <Xirzon> soufron: so is having clear procedures for membership. That will get _much_ more things done. 22:49:05 <dannyisme> that would be the initial committee 22:49:06 <soufron> Xirzon, if you don't agree with the way a committee work, you just send a resolution to the board 22:49:09 <kim_register> Okay, who hasn't been answered yet? 22:49:09 <Angela> Dannyisme: no, we have a lot. We just have only one with members approved by the board. 22:49:15 <dannyisme> which the board would approve or disapprov 22:49:18 <soufron> Xirzon, and they vote for or agaisnt your proposal 22:49:20 <dannyisme> correct 22:49:24 <dannyisme> so we only have one committee 22:49:25 <Xirzon> soufron: Angela has already made it clear that her opinion is different on ensuring the openness of the committees. 22:49:28 <dannyisme> none of the others are approved 22:49:34 <Xirzon> So has Anthere. 22:49:36 <soufron> my main point is to get things done by making it mandatory to ask people to write actual proposals when they want things to get done 22:49:44 <mav> a committee with no members is not much of a committee 22:49:49 <soufron> Xirzon, maybe angela could speak for herself 22:49:55 <AlisonW> Xirzon .. authority is not with "the community" now anyway .. creating cttes with subsiarity power - though limited - would be a step *towards* that 22:49:57 <Xirzon> soufron: she has, see above. 22:49:59 <soufron> Xirzon, and I already made it clear that I thought the same thing 22:50:14 <Talrias> i don't think we've actually had a case /FOR/ committees yet 22:50:16 <kim_register> Okay, I'll use +v to show who (technically) has the floor 22:50 JOIN: dungodung 22:50:17 <Erik_Zachte> mav "ultimate authority is with the board ; anything they give can be taken away at any time" 22:50:19 <Erik_Zachte> there was a time when authority was primarily with contributors 22:50:19 <lambent> soufron: each individual should send private requests to the board to change committee policies? 22:50:20 <soufron> committees should be opened, but they will draft it by themselves 22:50:21 <Erik_Zachte> nowadays the board seems to reign supremely, primes inter pares, more equal than others 22:50:25 <TimStarling> AlisonW: assuming the committees come from the community 22:50:28 <Xirzon> AlisonW: Authority is, legally, with the Board which should, practicaly, strive to represent the interests of the community and the goals of the organization. 22:50:44 <soufron> I don't want the community to write the rules of the XXX-african-thing subcommittee 22:50:45 <mav> Erik - this is about the organizaiton, not the community 22:50:56 <soufron> I want these rules approved on a case-by-case basis 22:51:03 <soufron> and rejected when necessary 22:51:07 <soufron> what we need is not openness 22:51:08 <Xirzon> mav: The organization should make an attempt to be as open to community participation as possible without violationg confidentiality or risking an unacceptable increase of liability. 22:51:10 <soufron> we have it already 22:51:10 <Angela> soufron: why ever can't the community write those rules? 22:51:15 <soufron> and there is not way to get it away 22:51:26 <cimon> kim_register: maybe it might theoretically be useful if we handled the original agenda point by point, rather than jumping around. 22:51:34 <kim_register> perhaps soufron fears the notorious wikinomic? ^^;; 22:51 Action: *Xirzon agrees with cimon 22:51:38 <kim_register> OKAY! 22:51:39 <AlisonW> Tim & Xirzon .. the board has inherent power; committees should be prtimarily drawn from the community and have devloved power / responsibility, then report back on a regular basis 22:51:40 <soufron> we are not talking about the community 22:51:42 <kim_register> right 22:51:47 <Xirzon> AlisonW: agreed 22:51:50 <kim_register> time to go to the agenda! 22:51:56 <brion> Erik_Zachte: the community never had authority to make purchase orders for servers, register trademarks in the foundation's name, etc. 22:52:00 <kim_register> silence, or you shall be silenced! 22:52:06 <soufron> but how we're gonna be sure that delphine can get a 150$ airplane ticket to go to boston to prepare wikimania 22:52:07 <Trickstar> pls, silence, it's too much :P 22:52:08 <mav> brion ; exactly 22:52:09 <kim_register> (I always wanted to say that) 22:52:12 <soufron> and bellieve me 22:52:16 <kim_register> Okay 22:52:20 <_sj_> kim; lol 22:52:22 <kim_register> Checking along the agenda 22:52:27 <soufron> so 22:52:29 <soufron> as of today 22:52:35 <soufron> there is no way it can happen easily and efficiently 22:52:40 <kim_register> soufron... okay 22:52:43 <soufron> you know how I and delphine were able to go to florida ? 22:52:46 <soufron> we had to ask jimbo to pay ! 22:52:48 <kim_register> let's go check and make sure we have the agenda 22:52:54 <_sj_> going through the agenda would be useful. 22:52:56 <Xirzon> "Scope of work of each committee" 22:52:57 <mav> lol 22:53:01 <Xirzon> Can we start with the Executive Committee? 22:53:05 <kim_register> soufron, clear 22:53:08 <soufron> so you see ? 22:53:12 <soufron> do you think it's normal ? 22:53:13 <NullC> I don't see a reason why the members of the committees even need to come from the community... this is a delegation of board power, not a community initiative. 22:53:21 <mav> hm - that is the last one we touched on during the last meeting 22:53:21 <soufron> no no no 22:53:23 <Talrias> i think the first thing we should discuss is whether committees are necessary 22:53:28 <soufron> let's stay on this 22:53:32 <Xirzon> Talrias: They have already been created. 22:53:37 <Angela> on what soufron? 22:53:40 <soufron> there is no committee yet 22:53:46 <soufron> as of today 22:53:51 <kim_register> soufron, what do we wish to stick to? 22:53:52 <Talrias> Xirzon: things which are unnecessary can also be created ;) 22:53:54 <mav> chapters 22:53:55 <TimStarling> the board doesn't come from the community, despite promises made in the first year 22:53:56 <soufron> (except the chtapter committee) 22:54:03 <TimStarling> it'd be nice if at least some kind of decision making body did 22:54:09 <Angela> Like the Executive Committee. 22:54:14 <NullC> Talrias�:� Because making the board more responsive isn't just something we can wave a wand at right now, I believe strongly that they are needed. 22:54:16 <soufron> what we have today are only proposals for the board to vote 22:54:19 <dannyisme> TimStarling, I want to comment on that 22:54:34 <dannyisme> decision making process implies responsibility and liability 22:54:39 <dannyisme> i am all for delegating that 22:54:39 <Talrias> so basically the case for committees is that it means stuff gets done faster? 22:54:45 <dannyisme> but it must be delegated to people 22:54:46 <NullC> s/done faster/done/ 22:54:47 <Erik_Zachte> Brion, the board seems more and more autonomous that's my point, even if I see that's in good faith, that's not how it was, when things were discussed first and only then the board gave direction 22:54:49 <Erik_Zachte> this whole committee thing seems a bit top down to me as well 22:54:50 <mav> can we just say that an interim EC is to be composed of the Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer? 22:54:50 <Erik_Zachte> even when we are invited to discuss it now 22:54:54 <Talrias> NullC: ok, good enough for me :) 22:54:57 <dannyisme> not to some amorphous group called "community" 22:55:10 <Xirzon> Erik_Zachte: It's been almost exclusively discussed on internal, confidential places so far 22:55:15 <TimStarling> at the moment we have Michael throwing his weight around, opposing Angela's resolution, who the hell is he? 22:55:17 <soufron> the way I see it 22:55:18 <soufron> is that Angela 22:55:23 <soufron> clearly explained 22:55:31 <soufron> what sort of rules she would not vote as a member of the board 22:55:37 <Angela> There are two points of view surrounding the Executive Committee. One is that me, Jimmy, and Anthere have basically been this for the last 18 months, especially since Tim and Michael had no involvement until fairly recently when we started actually voting on stuff (the first year was based on consensus between the three of us, not votes). The other is that there isn't currently an Executive Committee so this is a completely new structure. 22:55:38 <soufron> I mean, when she would not delegate authority 22:55:46 <Xirzon> TimStarling: so Michael Davis opposed Angela's resolution for openness in the committees? 22:55:54 <brion> Talrias: as an example: at this meeting, we have what... one out of five board members actually showing up? we can't get these people together to ever decide anything. some delegation of authority to get things done is needed. :P 22:56:04 <_sj_> talrias: basically, yes. brion: lol 22:56:11 <Talrias> brion: fair enough. I just don't think the case had yet been made in here 22:56:50 <Talrias> now we've established the need for committees 22:56:52 <Talrias> in general 22:57:00 <Angela> since Michael's not here, there's not much point discussing his opposition since I can't explain it on his behalf (though danny apparently agrees with Michael, so perhaps he can explain it from his point of view at least) 22:57:01 <Talrias> we should establish the need for each proposed committee 22:57:01 <TimStarling> Xirzon: rumour has it, I'll leave others to confirm or deny 22:57:37 <Xirzon> This is exactly the reason I've always been concerned about having non-community members permanently appointed to the board. 22:57:39 <dannyisme> what exactly would you like me to explain 22:57 Action: *Xirzon sighs 22:57:45 <dannyisme> and i can only explain on my behalf 22:57:51 <soufron> Angela, and I agree with danny and michael 22:57:53 <soufron> somehow 22:57:58 <Angela> dannyisme: what are your oppositions to the resolution I pasted earlier? 22:58:10 <NullC> Talrias�:� I think the reasoning stands on its own, we have two alternatives to the overall proposal: 1) replace the board with a more responsive one, or 2) be crushed under uncompleted workload. Neither of those two are options right now, thus we should focus on the nature of the committees and not their existance. 22:58:14 <kim_register> alright, floor to danny 22:58:18 <_sj_> (though this /is/ an open foundation meeting, which is a good thing.) 22:58:20 <soufron> ok danny go on maybe 22:58:35 <dannyisme> its irrelevant, isnt it? I am not on the board so what my personal feelings are really dont matter 22:58:36 <kim_register> _sj_, :-) 22:58:44 <nach0king> open meeting, you're being asked to speak, yes they matter 22:58:52 <Angela> Dannyisme: but it might give us some insight into what the other side of the story is. 22:58:53 <_sj_> angela, is there a link to the proposal somewhere? 22:58:54 <Talrias> what I mean is, why do we need an events committee? 22:59:00 <EuropracBHIT> Your feelings do shape what we want on the board. My feelings, everybody's feelings. 22:59:01 <Angela> Sj: no, sorry. 22:59:04 <_sj_> np 22:59:06 <kim_register> dannyisme, you've been asked to state them :-) 22:59:09 <Talrias> for one thing 22:59:09 <_sj_> <scrolls> 22:59:14 <EuropracBHIT> To run Wikimania and other events. 22:59:22 <Talrias> why can't the community do that by itself? 22:59:33 <dannyisme> ok 22:59:37 <EuropracBHIT> Because there's special expertise that needs to be considered with event management.
process II (dannyisme, TOR_CNR)Edit
22:59:41 <dannyisme> lets go through your resolutions one by one 22:59:42 <Angela> Talrias: because the community doesn't have access to the bank account for a start. 22:59:44 <Trickstar> they can't pay for the flight-tickets ;) : 22:59 PART: romihaitza 22:59:49 <Xirzon> Talrias: Ideally, the committee would be open to interested members of the community who could either have delegated authority or advisor status. 22:59:52 <dannyisme> and i must clarify that i can ONLY speak for myself 22:59:58 <NullC> Talrias�:� because the community isn't the foundation and doesn't have the checkbook? Ah as Angela says. 23:00:01 <dannyisme> not for michael, brad, soufron or anyone else 23:00:06 <brion> Talrias: $$$ <- someone has to deal with this stuff. 23:00:15 <Talrias> this may seem obvious to you but it has to be explained to other people :) 23:00:17 <kim_register> OK! Danny has the floor, QUIET! 23:00:28 <kim_register> we will have order in this meeting, or the order will be imposed 23:00:31 <kim_register> ORDER! 23:00:39 <NullC> Talrias�:� There are some activities which confer legal liability, it would be foolish to simply delegate them to the 'community'. 23:00:42 <kim_register> <grin, I love this> 23:00:44 <soufron> pliz 23:00:45 <Trickstar> :) 23:00:45 <soufron> pliz 23:00:46 <dannyisme> <Angela> 1. Every committee shall submit a report to the Board monthly. 23:00:46 <dannyisme> <Angela> 2. Committee members conduct their activities publicly wherever possible, using internal means of communication only when confidentiality is required. 23:00:46 <dannyisme> <Angela> 3. Committee membership shall be an open and transparent process, with all committee members being informed of changes to membership, and outsiders understanding how they may join the committee. 23:00:50 <dannyisme> <Angela> 1. Every committee shall submit a report to the Board monthly. 23:00:50 <dannyisme> <Angela> 2. Committee members conduct their activities publicly wherever possible, using internal means of communication only when confidentiality is required. 23:00:50 <dannyisme> <Angela> 3. Committee membership shall be an open and transparent process, with all committee members being informed of changes to membership, and outsiders understanding how they may join the committee. 23:00 JOIN: TimShell 23:00 MODE: +v TimShell by: Talrias 23:01:10 <EuropracBHIT> Oh good two board members. 23:01:22 <dannyisme> I will start with saying that today is the first time i actually saw that proposal 23:01:28 <delphine> ditto 23:01 Action: *kim_register gives EuropracBHIT *that look* 23:01:33 <Talrias> dannyisme: could you just explain what you just quoted 23:01:34 <bawolff> Why not have the board as more a figurehead, which gets asked to do stuff by the comunity (or absolutly open membership of commeties)? 23:01:36 <dannyisme> i had never seen it before 23:01:42 <soufron> ditto 23:01:45 <kim_register> Ok, dannyisme has the floor 23:01:54 <dannyisme> because board proposals are made on the board wiki, and I do not have access to that 23:01:56 <kim_register> let dannyisme speak :-) 23:01:58 <dannyisme> i am not board : 23:02 PART: Jeandre 23:02:22 <dannyisme> I support the first part of the resolution 23:02:29 <dannyisme> regarding monthly reports 23:02:33 <mav> me too 23:02:42 <dannyisme> though i would say that perhaps bi monthly would be better 23:02:48 <AlisonW> bawolff: you cannot have "absolutely open membership" given that there are legal ramifications of what the comittees are expected to do. 23:02:50 <dannyisme> a monthly report is a lot of work 23:03:08 <NullC> Will the board even read monthlys from a dozen groups? :) We should stagger them. 23:03:11 <dannyisme> as for part two 23:03:18 <bawolff> so they then ask the figurehead to do what they've reached the conclussion to do 23:03:22 <mav> NullC ; good point 23:03:26 <dannyisme> i see committees involved in two activities 23:03:34 <dannyisme> 1. Deliberations, 2. Voting 23:03:38 <AlisonW> "..shall submit a report monthly unless it meets less frequently, in which case it shall submit a report no more than one week after each meeting " 23:03:49 <dannyisme> I am a firm believer in the secret ballot 23:03:54 <WiseWoman> But if there is no monthly report, people forget to report on what they are doing, and then we are at quarterly reports, which is too slow. 23:03:55 <kim_register> AlisonW, we're at point 2 for dannyisme now, you'll get the floor next, if you like :-) 23:04:05 <dannyisme> i dont want people to be afraid to vote because of what people might think of them 23:04:12 <dannyisme> i am good friends with delphine 23:04:15 <kim_register> WiseWoman, same as for AlisonW 23:04:17 <dannyisme> but sometimes we disagree 23:04:30 <NullC> dannyisme�:� But the groups are not elected, they are appointed. Their job is to do the right thing, even if it is unpopular. 23:04:46 <NullC> Or do I misunderstand? 23:04:50 <Xirzon> NullC: the organizers are appointed 23:04:50 <Trickstar> shhhh 23:04:59 <kim_register> keep the chatter down to a dull roar :-) 23:05:00 <dannyisme> yes, but that is the basis of secret balloting 23:05:07 <dannyisme> it gives people freedom to vote 23:05:09 <dannyisme> as for deliberations 23:05:10 <bawolff> who decides the what the right thing is if its unpopular? 23:05:18 <dannyisme> that would depend on the type of deliberation 23:05:20 <dannyisme> for instance 23:05:38 <dannyisme> if i were to tell brion i wanted to take part in all the server discussions, he would not be happy 23:05:49 <dannyisme> because frankly, i know nothing about the topic 23:05:50 <soufron> case-by-case 23:05:52 <kim_register> brion, would you? 23:05:52 <mav> I kinda like to know who is voting for what so I can guage what their motives might be 23:06:03 <brion> that would be a pain ;) 23:06:09 <dannyisme> i make a point of not commenting on legal matters because i am not a lawyer 23:06 JOIN: Pomi 23:06:15 <kim_register> mav, and create consensus? You're 3rd to speak next :-) 23:06:25 <dannyisme> similarly, there are financial matters i am not qualified to speak about, so i dont 23:06:29 <Angela> It's more important to have the reasons for a vote public than the vote itself. Otherwise things will just happen and no one will have a clue why they happened. 23:06:34 <Xirzon> People generally do not apply for access to meetings where their opinion is not relevant. They can be excluded by vote if they become a problem. 23:06:41 <NullC> If we do not know the views of the members will will just have to punish all of them for the mistakes of the majority. 23:06:46 <dannyisme> in fact i asked mav that my name be removed from teh finance committee proposed 23:07:01 <kim_register> though looking in on a meeting to see if things are well regular, should be ok 23:07:02 <dannyisme> so, there are some things which require specialists 23:07:08 <carlmb> voting may not always be the answer... 23:07:12 <dannyisme> other things may or may not require confidentiality 23:07:13 <NullC> Angela�:� They happened because the people on the committee decided for them to happen. 23:07:25 <dannyisme> i think we all agree that if they require confidentiality, they should be confidential 23:07:32 <mav> dannyisme ; if grants are to be part of the FC, then you need to be part of the FC :) 23:07:41 <kim_register> Ok 23:07:51 <dannyisme> if they do not require confidentiality they can certainly be discussed openly 23:07:53 <kim_register> who else had things to say about point 2 of dannys? 23:08:00 <Erik_Zachte> I feel organizers should be chosen by and from among the members of the committee 23:08:00 <dannyisme> does that answer point B? 23:08:02 <Erik_Zachte> otherwise this is just a delegation of tasks by the board, not a step towards more democracy 23:08:08 <soufron> people people 23:08:15 <soufron> you are talking about the goals of these committees 23:08:17 <mav> democracy?! 23:08:18 <carlmb> and there's a difference between taking active part in conversations, and having access to them 23:08:24 <NullC> Erik_Zachte�:� Whoever said this was intended to be anything but mere delegation? 23:08:28 <dannyisme> Point 3 23:08:31 <kim_register> ok, soufron has the floor, then dannyisme point 3 23:08:34 <soufron> when the board should only vote about when they will meet and how they will be allowed to do things 23:08:35 <dannyisme> wait 23:08:37 <kim_register> dannyisme, right with you 23:08:37 <Trickstar> erik: noone wants democracy in WP 23:08:42 <mav> the foundation is a corporation, not a democracy 23:08:46 <dannyisme> point three which is the most contriversial point 23:08:55 <kim_register> and we have many people wanting to discuss it 23:09:01 <Erik_Zachte> NullC, just wishfull thinking then :) 23:09 Action: *Talrias thinks we should let dannyisme finihsh :) 23:09:04 <dannyisme> all committee members being informed of changes to membership, 23:09:05 <kim_register> ORDER! 23:09:07 <dannyisme> agreed 23:09:21 <dannyisme> outsiders understanding how they may join the committee. 23:09:25 <dannyisme> agreed with a caveat 23:09:25 <TOR_CNR> *nod* 23:09:31 <dannyisme> the committee has a right to say no 23:09:38 <Xirzon> dannyisme: how would it do so? 23:09:42 <soufron> it's very simple 23:09:44 <NullC> I don't agree that we should have groups with delegated board power unless the board approves of all the members. 23:09:47 <RedDevil666> bye all :"So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!" 23:09 PART: RedDevil666 23:09:51 <soufron> members of the committee will have to learn to vote NO 23:09:52 <dannyisme> i can beg brion all day and even threaten not to mail him his check if he doesnt put me on his server committee 23:09:53 <TimStarling> corporations can be democratic, I've consistently argued for democracy in wikimedia since it was founded, and I've done so with support from Florida statutes on non-profit corporations 23:09:57 <soufron> when something is stupid 23:10:00 <soufron> when something is not open 23:10:04 <soufron> when something is bad 23:10:07 <soufron> you just vote NO 23:10:15 <soufron> whether it is the proposal of your friend or not 23:10:17 <kim_register> TimStarling, :-) 23:10:19 <TimStarling> http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=Ch0617/titl0617.htm&StatuteYear=2004&Title=%2D%3E2004%2D%3EChapter%20617 23:10:21 <soufron> because that's a job 23:10:22 <Xirzon> dannyisme: are you saying you would want brion alone to make the decision who joins the committee? 23:10:24 <kim_register> soufron, wise :-) 23:10:24 <Talrias> i'm not sure that dannyisme has finished yet 23:10:26 <soufron> and not some funny thing 23:10:30 <kim_register> Ok! 23:10:32 <kim_register> dannyisme... 23:10:32 <dannyisme> but brion should have the right to say, Danny, you are an idiot when it comes to servers--stop wasting our time 23:10:35 <dannyisme> i would accept that 23:10:35 <soufron> the board will have to learn how to vote NO also 23:10:35 <NullC> TimStarling�:� And what does the law say about votes from sockpuppets? :) 23:10:39 <soufron> in order to refuse delegations 23:10:43 <dannyisme> ok 23:10:48 <dannyisme> now, as for the tough part 23:10:49 <soufron> and when a proposal is wrong 23:10:52 <soufron> it will get rejected 23:10:54 <mav> corporations can be democratic, yes, but that does not mean they need to be democracies 23:10:58 <kim_register> Ok, dannyisme has the floor for 3 more minutes 23:11:01 <kim_register> 3 minutes to danny 23:11:01 <Angela> soufron: rejected by who? 23:11:04 <soufron> and it will proposed in a revised version (or not) a few meetings later 23:11:06 <dannyisme> committee membership as an open and transparent process 23:11:12 <dannyisme> i have no idea what it means 23:11:14 <soufron> Angela, by the subcomittee, the committee, or the board 23:11:21 <Talrias> dannyisme: it means that there would be a list of members somewhere 23:11:26 <dannyisme> if it means anyone who wants to be on the committee should be on it, then no 23:11:26 <mav> I'm with Danny 23:11:32 <delphine> ditto 23:11:34 <dannyisme> obviously not 23:11:36 <Xirzon> dannyisme: of course not. that cannot work because of delegated authority 23:11:37 <kim_register> Angela, soufron, let danny finish, then we'll discuss point 3 :-) 23:11:39 <dannyisme> for instance 23:11:42 <soufron> dannyisme, you're rigbht 23:11:45 <dannyisme> the executive committee 23:11:52 <Talrias> from committee membership should be open and transparent, I read it as saying that "there should be a public membership list" 23:11:53 <Angela> Dannyisme: I meant there would be certain procedures to allow people to join a committee. It wouldn't just be people chosen by some secret means. 23:12:03 <Trickstar> order! :) 23:12:11 <soufron> what is secret ? 23:12:11 <dannyisme> if everyone here decided that they should be on the executive committee, that would be pandemonium and irresponsible 23:12:12 <kim_register> Trickstar, :-) 23:12:19 <soufron> Angela, you are at the board 23:12:26 <soufron> Angela, if things are beginning to become too secret 23:12:28 <dannyisme> to be legally responsible, you must be of a certain age 23:12 JOIN: eia-study 23:12:29 <Angela> This arose when Anthere found herself removed from the trademark committee with NO reason given and no transparency as to why that had happened. 23:12:32 <soufron> Angela, you just retire their delegation 23:12:34 <dannyisme> you must state your name publicly 23:12:38 <dannyisme> that is required by law 23:12 JOIN: rory096 23:12:48 <dannyisme> in fact, in the first election, i barred node 23:12:49 <soufron> there is no secrecy in all of this 23:12:53 <dannyisme> not because i dont like him 23:12:53 <AlisonW> IF a committee is for "discussion" then an at-large membership is no problem and a good thing, but where it has "delegated (legal) authority" then it *mnust* have the approval of the board! 23:12:58 <dannyisme> but because he was 14 23:13:06 <Talrias> dannyisme: what election 23:13:07 <dannyisme> as for membership and open discussion 23:13:09 <Talrias> > 23:13:09 <soufron> Angela, no, she asked me to step off the tm committee ! 23:13:10 <Talrias> ? 23:13:12 <Xirzon> dannyisme: you're referring to the board election, I take it 23:13:12 <dannyisme> it depends on the topic 23:13:16 <dannyisme> yes 23:13:18 <TOR_CNR> soufron, Angela, hush. let the man speak. 23:13:20 <soufron> Angela, because she was pregnang and because I am a Lawyer and she's not 23:13:23 <dannyisme> if it is confidential, then no 23:13:31 <dannyisme> no one would discuss legal matters openly 23:13:35 <dannyisme> that is irresponsible 23:13:41 <mav> exactly 23:13:45 <dannyisme> no one should start discussing grant negotiations openly 23:13:46 <Xirzon> dannyisme: what does this have to do with membership? 23:14:01 <dannyisme> no one should start discussing trademark issues openly 23:14:04 <dannyisme> everything 23:14:09 <kim_register> ok danny, 3 minutes are done :-) 23:14:13 <Xirzon> The question is simple: Why not have every committee decide by 75% majority of its members whom to choose as new members? 23:14:13 <dannyisme> it has everything to do with membership 23:14:15 <Angela> No one is saying they should. 23:14:29 <dannyisme> to do that, you have to have a committee first 23:14:32 <kim_register> Xirzon, time for nomic! 23:14:35 <dannyisme> we are not deciding membership 23:14:35 <kim_register> Alright 23:14:41 <dannyisme> we are creating infrastructure 23:14:41 <soufron> Xirzon, and because members of the committee will do it themselves 23:14:44 <kim_register> Okay, let's get some order back into this 23:14:49 <mav> 75%? too low ; all should agree 23:14:58 <Xirzon> soufron: The Board should ensure that we do not evolve to local dictatorships 23:15:00 <dannyisme> let the members decide how to accept new members 23:15:00 <kim_register> I'll use +v to at least show who technically has the floor, since we're at -m 23:15:03 <Xirzon> mav: 75% is the steward threshold, seems to work fine there 23:15:05 <elian> all members have to work together 23:15:06 <dannyisme> let there be an application process 23:15:06 <kim_register> TOR_CNR has asked for the floor 23:15:08 <NullC> There needs to be a clear statement of what this is and isn't. As best I can tell it should sound like "Whereas the Wikimedia Foundation's Board gets very little done we have discovered the need to delegate some of our authority. This change is not intended change the character of the foundation governance, it is only an attempt to meet the demands of the workload placed on the foundation." 23:15:08 <dannyisme> do it orderly 23:15:11 <Xirzon> mav: 100% consensus is hardly ever possible 23:15:12 <soufron> Xirzon, that's why the board can take back any delegations at any time 23:15:15 <TOR_CNR> ekhm... may I? 23:15 MODE: -vvvv _sj_ by: kim_register 23:15 MODE: -vvvv delphine by: kim_register 23:15 MODE: -vvvv NullC by: kim_register 23:15 MODE: -vv TOR_CNR by: kim_register 23:15:24 <dannyisme> i am finished with my speech 23:15:27 <soufron> ... ? 23:15 MODE: +v TOR_CNR by: kim_register 23:15:32 <kim_register> TOR_CNR, you're on 23:15:37 <TOR_CNR> thanks kim 23:16:02 <TOR_CNR> together with delphine I've worked on the forming of the Chapters committee : 23:16 PART: eia-study 23:16:06 <akl> just a question: does anyone think that this meeting leads to anything? 23:16:07 <kim_register> (once again, this channel is -m, so +v is just a loose flag, I'll use it to indicate who technically is speaking, even if there's a lot of chatter 23:16:18 <Erik_Zachte> cooptation in a 100% approval mode sound very mcuh like communist party leadership 23:16:23 <TOR_CNR> and I'd just like to say a few words on the "open membershipt" issue 23:16:24 <Xirzon> Erik_Zachte: agreed 23:16:25 <kim_register> akl, we're going per the agenda quickly 23:16:31 <LeBron> akl> no 23:16 JOIN: jwales 23:16:36 <Talrias> lo jwales 23:16:36 <Xirzon> akl: yes, hopefully 23:16 JOIN: eia-study 23:16:47 <Datrio> TOR, go on, better type faster ;) 23:16:50 <TOR_CNR> first: yes to a public list of members, their names and everything that danny mentioned 23:16:55 <Talrias> guys, TOR_CNR has the floor, be polite :) 23:16:56 <akl> Xirzon: good luck ;) 23:17:00 <NullC> jwales�:� Welcome. We've voted to disban wikimedia while you were out. 23:17:04 <Xirzon> hello jimbo 23:17:16 <TOR_CNR> second: no to "whoever wants to join, joins". 23:17:19 <Erik_Zachte> hi jimmy 23:17:28 <jwales> hi! 23:17:31 <Xirzon> TOR_CNR: how about advisors who can participate in open meetings, but have no voting rights? 23:17:34 <kim_register> okay, quiet :-) 23:17:36 <TOR_CNR> I believe Coms should be limited as far as the number of members goes 23:17:46 <jwales> NullC: good, so I can go back to running wikipedia ;-) 23:17:50 <Trickstar> :) 23:17:53 <TOR_CNR> simply because if there are too many people 23:17:58 <TOR_CNR> there is chaos 23:18:01 <NullC> jwales�:� Yes sir. Get some bloody work done! 23:18:02 <TOR_CNR> just like here ;) 23:18:18 <Xirzon> TOR_CNR: Yes, that's why you form subcommittees. 23:18:27 <GerardM> jwales, who is running the other shops then ? 23:18:28 <kim_register> Ok, TOR needs some more quiet to get his point across! 23:18:30 <TOR_CNR> wiat, wait :) 23:18:33 <kim_register> GerardM, Hush! 23:18:42 <dannyisme> Xirzon, you cant form subcommittees until you have committees 23:18:43 <TOR_CNR> Xirzon: if we do that 23:18:44 <NullC> Xirzon�:� So every random troll should be able to demand a voice? 23:18:50 <NullC> To me that does not sound productive. 23:18:53 <TOR_CNR> we just have more and more useless structure 23:19:01 <TOR_CNR> now... Angela has laid out some basic concepts without really explaining 23:19:03 <TOR_CNR> what she meant 23:19:05 <Xirzon> NullC: we should assume good faith, and exclude people when they become a problem 23:19 MODE: +m by: kim_register 23:19:10 <kim_register> (ORDER!) 23:19 MODE: -m by: kim_register 23:19:19 <Erik_Zachte> NullC, like with board voting we have filters and thresholds 23:19:24 <TOR_CNR> danny explianed how he understands what she wrote 23:19:30 <TOR_CNR> and I just did the same 23:19:34 <soufron> Xirzon, then assume good faith from the committees and allow the board to reject them when they become a problem 23:19:45 <TOR_CNR> now I'd like to hear Angela's comment on this 23:19:49 <Xirzon> soufron: it's dangerous to assume good faith once you start handing out authority :) 23:19:49 <kim_register> soufron, Xirzon -> side channel 23:19 JOIN: Celestianpower 23:19:53 <dannyisme> I want to clarify something first 23:19:57 <dannyisme> there is a big misunderstanding 23:20:04 <kim_register> dannyisme, you're next after TOR_CNR 23:20:14 <dannyisme> whoops, sorry 23:20:17 <mav> kim - I though I was 23:20:20 <mav> t 23:20:25 <TOR_CNR> dannyisme: go ahead :) 23:20:30 <dannyisme> thanks TOR 23:20:39 <kim_register> mav, Okay, dannyisme, tor, mav :-) 23:20:41 <dannyisme> i want to clarify something very important 23:20:50 <dannyisme> i am for openness insofar as possible 23:20:56 <dannyisme> i am for keeping people informed 23:21:06 <kim_register> (I'm sure I'm missing folks in the scroll here, please pipe up after mav so you get your turn) 23:21 JOIN: John123 23:21:07 <dannyisme> and i am for consulting with the community for ideas 23:21:09 <dannyisme> BUT 23:21:17 <dannyisme> i am also for responsibility 23:21:27 <dannyisme> i am also for people will to take responsibility 23:21:28 <Xirzon> kim_register: can I get 3 minutes soon? 23:21:47 <dannyisme> i am for people dealing with the day to day issues, and not just the grandiose ideas 23:21:51 <dannyisme> for instance 23:21:55 <kim_register> (xirzon, ok, after mav I think) 23:22:06 <dannyisme> you can talk all you want in a fundraising committee about bold ideas 23:22:09 <dannyisme> to raise money 23:22 JOIN: John123 23:22:18 <dannyisme> but at the end of teh day, someone has to send out receipts 23:22:30 <dannyisme> and that is something a committee is responsible for too 23:22:46 <dannyisme> and its boring and unglamorous : 23:22 PART: TiteSeverinette 23:22:53 <dannyisme> and it was done on time this year 23:23:04 <kim_register> (dannyisme, we have a lineup, so... )
on work (mav, Xirzon, Erik Zachte, Talrias, Angela)Edit
23:23:07 <dannyisme> so lets understand what committees are 23:23:17 <dannyisme> not just the glamor but the nitty gritty too 23:23 JOIN: VampWillow 23:23:21 <dannyisme> and i am done again 23:23:29 <kim_register> Okay, tor next 23:23:30 <Angela> If a committee can't or won't do it, they either need more members, or they need to put together a budget to employ someone to do it. 23:23:39 <kim_register> Okay 23:23:49 <mav> I agree with Angela 23:24:04 <TOR_CNR> kim_register: I have a bit of an emergency here on pl so just go on... ;) 23:24:10 <GerardM> when a committee cannot of will not do it they should give their authority back 23:24:12 <NullC> Angela�:� Is it that simple? does the board just need more members? Why not skip the committee step if adding people solves problems? 23:24:13 <dannyisme> the answer isnt throwing people at the problem but throwing the right people 23:24:13 <Talrias> ok, mav's turn 23:24:24 <kim_register> Alright, Mav, you have the floor 23:24 MODE: +v-v mav by: Talrias 23:24 MODE: -v TOR_CNR by: kim_register 23:24:39 <mav> is this supposed to be about a specific point, or anthing? 23:24:48 <Talrias> up to you 23:24:48 <Angela> NullC: that's being considered as well. There is a board expansion committee. 23:24:52 <kim_register> you asked for 3 minutes, you got them 23:24 MODE: +v mav by: kim_register 23:25:00 <mav> I'm worried aobut where all the work will get done 23:25:18 <mav> whether or not this will be on separate private wikis 23:25:24 <mav> on just internal, meta 23:25:26 <mav> whatnot 23:25:40 <kim_register> alright, would you like to have answers to that? 23:25:56 <Angela> If it's not confidential, I strongly suggest putting anything draft or in progress on meta, and anything finalised and presentable on the foundation wiki. 23:26:06 <elian> agreed 23:26:14 <mav> I'd like all the confidential stuff to be on internalwiki, all the open stuff to be on meta 23:26:20 <mav> not other wikis except for board 23:26:23 <elian> mav: doesn't work for press 23:26:30 <dannyisme> i gree with angela and elian 23:26:32 <dannyisme> agree 23:26:37 <elian> except you're willing to open up internal for 30 more people 23:26:37 <mav> otherwise everybody will be in their own shell and not talk to each other 23:26 JOIN: Ugur_Basak 23:26:41 <Xirzon> mav: I'd be in favor of gradual implementation of better access controls on internal, as you know. 23:26:53 <Xirzon> We might even want to use a different software than MediaWiki if access control turns out to be too much of a problem. 23:26:56 <soufron> all of this is com-pli-ca-ted 23:27:03 <soufron> and we need things done... yesterday 23:27:15 <soufron> actually, the board was supposed to vote before the end of january 23:27:22 <soufron> actually... 23:27:37 <Trickstar> that's quite soon :) 23:27:39 <TimStarling> I suggested using different software for internal a long time ago, but people complained that it would be too hard to learn how to use 23:27:48 <Datrio> really? 23:27:50 <Datrio> I didn't see it Tim 23:27:51 <Angela> for those who don't know, there are currently a number of private wikis - internal (accessable by the board, chapter boards, people with official positions, and some lawyers), board (for board members + one legal counsel), and grants (not in use) 23:27:52 <soufron> well 23:27:52 <mav> What I NEED, is to know where the FC will do its confidential work 23:28:03 <kim_register> Ok, I had 5 mins down for mav... 23:28:15 <soufron> mav, actually, the FC will be able to decide it by himself 23:28 JOIN: SimonP 23:28:23 <soufron> mav, under the supervision of the board 23:28:42 <mav> soufron, but 3 potential members of the FC do not have access to InternalWiki 23:28:44 <_sj_> hoy simon 23:28:54 <soufron> mav, then, it should be somewhere else... 23:29:01 <soufron> mav, or they should get access 23:29:03 <mav> bad idea 23:29:04 <Angela> who should decide who gets access to the internal wiki? 23:29:13 <mav> having it somewhere else that is 23:29:16 <kim_register> mav, they can think up an internal mailing list, or what have they :-) 23:29:18 <kim_register> alright... 23:29:23 <Xirzon> Angela: All members of the core committees created through the resolutions should be given access. 23:29:24 <kim_register> can we wrap up for mav? 23:29:27 <soufron> mav, but that's also something the fc can ask later on you see ? 23:29:46 <mav> other member of the organizaiton need to be aware of the reports we are drafting and they need to help with budgeting 23:29:49 <kim_register> Okay, that's something that probably needs to be discussed in detail at some point 23:29:53 <kim_register> preferably on the mailing list 23:30 JOIN: javiercarro 23:30:05 <Angela> One solution would be to have a set of "board-approved" members on each committee who can access internal, and a wider open membership that doesn't. 23:30:06 <Talrias> have we discussed decision-making processes? 23:30:20 <kim_register> Talrias, you want some time ? 23:30:27 <Erik_Zachte> no, i have some on that 23:30:27 <Talrias> not just yet thanks kim 23:30:28 <Xirzon> Angela: Members could be board-approved or ExecCom-approved in addition to being committee-approved 23:30:34 <Angela> Yes. 23:30:39 <kim_register> Alright, mav, do you have at least the partial answers you need? 23:30:44 <Talrias> hmmm, actually kim 23:31:00 <mav> Angela ; my idea would be to have committee members have that access, but volunteers only to have access to public lists and wikis 23:31:06 <Trickstar> let's postpone the technical details of realization... 23:31:08 <kim_register> Talrias, Okay, msg me :-) 23:31:16 <soufron> any-thing is possible 23:31:18 <Talrias> message you what? 23:31:20 <kim_register> Okay. 23:31:21 <mav> kim ; kinda 23:31:26 <elian> mav: doesn't work for CC 23:31:28 <soufron> but only the board will decide who it delegates to 23:31:30 <kim_register> we do need to move on, I don't know who needs to goto bed soon 23:31 MODE: -v mav by: kim_register 23:31:39 <soufron> I need to go to bed soon 23:31:41 <soufron> it's late 23:31:42 <Talrias> can we move the discussion onto the next item in teh agenda? 23:31 MODE: +v Xirzon by: kim_register 23:31:50 <Xirzon> thanks, kim :) 23:31:56 <kim_register> Ok, Xirzon, floor for 3 minutes 23:31:56 <LeBron> you mean the first item? 23:31:57 <Xirzon> OK. 23:32:04 <Xirzon> Wikimedia with its many endeavors - Wikipedia, Wikisource, Wiktionary, Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wikicommons, Wikinews, Wikispecies(!) -, with its 100 languages, can only succeed if we empower as many people as possible to build a human network of specialists, and to establish thousands (yes, thousands) of partnerships related to these projects. 23:32 JOIN: verdy_p 23:32:17 <Xirzon> We have taken on these projects, and we have a responsibility to our best to make them an incredible success. 23:32:25 <kim_register> (so much for the agenda, but at least we get things talked about :-P) 23:32:31 <Xirzon> We need to talk to people who are experts at lexicology, journalism, taxonomy, etc. - expertise related to each of our projects. 23:32:45 <Xirzon> As much as I respect the current members of the SP committee, they do not have the competence or the manpower to pull off this level of networking, especially as they also have additional responsibilities. 23:32:47 <mav> WikiCouncil? 23:32:49 <verdy_p> hi all! I missed the begining 23:32:54 <Xirzon> mav: The ExecCom could be very similar. 23:32:55 <Talrias> Xirzon: SP? 23:32:57 <kim_register> verdy_p, Ok, Xirzon has the floor for 3 :-) 23:33:00 <Xirzon> Talrias: Special Projects 23:33:05 <Xirzon> This necessitates having groups which are as open _as possible_. Of course you cannot delegate authority to anyone who comes along. And of course you have to be able to exclude trolls. And of course you have to keep some things confidential. 23:33:08 <kim_register> verdy_p, keep noise down to a dull roar 23:33:19 <Xirzon> Limiting a group to specialists is not the problem. The right people will want to join, in any case. You can exclude trolls later. 23:33:27 <Xirzon> However, a 100% consensus for membership - that will not work. 23:33:34 <soufron> if you say there should be places were anybody can discuss 23:33:36 <soufron> you already have it 23:33:38 <Xirzon> As an example, Danny has made it quite clear that he is opposed to both me and GerardM, and I do not see why his voice alone should keep me from being a part of, for example, the Special Projects committee. 23:33:38 <mav> xirzon ; let's not conflate the community with the organzation 23:33:40 <soufron> it's called internet 23:33:43 <soufron> anyone can come 23:33:46 <soufron> and open a new page 23:33:48 <soufron> and hop 23:33:48 <NullC> Xirzon�:� 'exclude trolls later' has almost completely failed us. 23:33:54 <soufron> you have people talking together 23:33:57 <soufron> and it's open 23:34:03 <soufron> if you mean, taking decisions 23:34:04 <soufron> ... 23:34:06 <soufron> then... 23:34:07 <soufron> sorry 23:34:10 <Xirzon> soufron: delegated authority, yes. 23:34:16 <soufron> then it's different 23:34:17 <Xirzon> soufron: that is your legal point of view. this is my point of view. 23:34:20 <Xirzon> I have a track record in the organization and would like to help. I think a 75% approval is more than sufficient to let me -- and others in my situation -- join. 23:34:21 <soufron> yes 23:34:27 <soufron> but the WMF is a florida based legal entity 23:34:33 <soufron> with a (small) budget 23:34:33 <Xirzon> What I propose is a standard of 75% approval for new members, regular open meetings, open reports, use of confidential places only when necessary. Furthermore, every committee should have advisors - anyone who wants to - who can participate in open meetings, propose resolutions, but do not have access to confidential information and cannot vote. 23:34:38 <Xirzon> soufron: delegation of authority to committees is possible. 23:34:41 <soufron> and a few signatures 23:34:43 <NullC> Xirzon�:� A great many processes on Wikipedia have already been abandoned by the most skilled people who grew tired of the endless stream of both trolls and people who intended well but whos ability to yabber far exceeded their understanding. 23:34 JOIN: Physchim62 23:34:48 <Xirzon> our budget will grow as we allow more and more people to participate. 23:34:54 <soufron> what you suggest 23:34:57 <soufron> is called a spaceship 23:34:59 <GerardM> soufron there is more money possible than we currently take in 23:35:06 <Xirzon> NullC: I have had no problem with trolling in the Wikimedia Research Network. 23:35:06 <AlisonW> Xirzon ... 75% is fine until you get to something requiring *legal* authority. Then it *has* to be an absolute 23:35:06 <soufron> it's cool 23:35:14 <soufron> I guess it's exactly the NASA is working today 23:35 JOIN: SimonP_ 23:35:23 <soufron> that's why they are not able to go to the moon anymore :) 23:35:25 <Xirzon> AlisonW: not as long as these decisions are taken by the committee as a whole. 23:35:26 <soufron> I am just joking 23:35:27 <Xirzon> by vote. 23:35:38 <soufron> but your proposal is way too complicated 23:35:44 <Xirzon> Why is it, Jean-Baptiste? 23:35 JOIN: AutisticPsycho 23:36:01 <Xirzon> In addition, I want an Executive Committee which has project-level representation and is elected by the community, to have at least some level of democratic processes. 23:36:03 <mav> start simple, we can muck things with with complexity later 23:36:09 <soufron> I want things to be simple 23:36:13 <Xirzon> mav: having clear procedures for membership is simple 23:36:14 <soufron> so it will be efficient 23:36:17 <soufron> soon 23:36:20 <Xirzon> having every committee make its own secret little club rules is complicated. 23:36:23 <soufron> and so we'll actually begin working 23:36:27 <AlisonW> Xirzon ... still no though unless you enforce that at least 50% (or some other number) has to be "official" 23:36:30 <soufron> Xirzon, then the board will reject them 23:36:37 <soufron> Xirzon, or ask them to put it public 23:36:43 <mav> project level? Again, the community is a different thing from the organizaiton 23:36:49 <kim_register> Ok, this sounds like a very tricky situation 23:36:51 <soufron> Xirzon, or as a member of this committee you will put a proposal so that its rules get public 23:36:54 <soufron> that simple 23:36:57 <Xirzon> mav: the community should be represented and promoted by the organization. 23:37:01 <kim_register> which we could have an entire discussion on :-) : 23:37 PART: nach0king 23:37:10 <soufron> if a committee is too closed, then you put up a proposal to open it, and you get it voted 23:37:19 <Xirzon> soufron: Why not have them open from the beginning? Simple. 23:37:20 <mav> 2 community reps on the board 23:37:20 <kim_register> I do happen to agree with xirzon that we should have open participation as far as possible :-) 23:37:24 <mav> as it should be 23:37:32 <Xirzon> That's exactly what the resolutions are aimed at. 23:37:33 <kim_register> perhaps multiple community reps 23:37:40 <soufron> Xirzon, because it's a different problem 23:37:44 <kim_register> unfortunately, we have a lineup, we can come to this point some more later 23:37:47 <soufron> Xirzon, our problem is to create the commiteee 23:37:55 <soufron> not to decide what they will do exactly 23:38:01 <Xirzon> soufron: then let's create them, and let's have the board resolution proposed by angela to guarantee openness. 23:38:04 <mav> can we just concentrate on the committees? 23:38:10 <elian> soufron: both can't be done independently 23:38 Action: *Talrias would like to say something about decision making 23:38:15 <NullC> Why would we require a greater (or lesser) level of openness from the committies than we require from the board from which the recieve their authority? 23:38:16 <Xirzon> That's exactly what I am talking about, mav. 23:38:21 <Erik_Zachte> dannyism: 23:38:22 <Erik_Zachte> there is a fine line between taking responsibility and 'let's do it my way' 23:38:24 <Erik_Zachte> this line is easily crossed, or better said shifts unnoticed when time goes by 23:38:25 <Erik_Zachte> all: 23:38:27 <Erik_Zachte> as stated before I'm not fully happy with how the boards authority evolved from 23:38:28 <Erik_Zachte> 'let's have a board for outside representation' 23:38:29 <soufron> elian, they can be done 23:38:30 <Erik_Zachte> towards 23:38:31 <Erik_Zachte> 'let vote for members now and define roles later on' 23:38:33 <elian> how should I create a committee without exact specifications what its taks is? 23:38:33 <Erik_Zachte> towards 23:38:34 <Erik_Zachte> 'everything happens under control of the board, which is the de facto situation 23:38:36 <Erik_Zachte> I have no personal problems with any board meber at all, but feel not at ease with the power structure 23:38:37 <Erik_Zachte> I would like to see this situation improve towards distributed authority 23:38:39 <Erik_Zachte> committees can help in achieving that 23:38:41 <Erik_Zachte> I have no clear cut plan 23:38:41 <soufron> elian, actually they are being done separately in every big organizations 23:38:42 <Erik_Zachte> but want to throw this in in reaction to all statements that the board controls the committees 23:38:49 <soufron> elian, because it's a completely different problem 23:38:52 <Trickstar> erik has conquered the floor... 23:39:00 <kim_register> Erik_Zachte, Ok, maybe we should save that for your slot! 23:39:06 <soufron> elian, when you need to scale up 23:39:12 <akl> elian: you did that yesterday, didn't you? 23:39:15 <NullC> I am concerned that what little progress we could make with committees will be lost due to an attempt to repurpose them to the task of making the foundation governance more open. 23:39:25 <soufron> you change from authorizing stuff (a priori) to forbidding stuff (a posteriori) 23:39:33 <kim_register> Ok, tell you what 23:39:40 <kim_register> let's switch around 23:39:43 <kim_register> Erik has made a clear statement 23:39:48 <NullC> We should outright reject any attempt to abuse this new proposal as a back-door attempt to change the nature of foundation governance. 23:39:51 <kim_register> and the floor goest to erik zachte :-) 23:39:52 <soufron> these committees simply need 23:39:54 <jwales> Erik_Zachte: I am sympathetic with your view, but would like to add that from a legal point of view, there is no alternative to the board running the organization in the final analysis. That's the law. 23:39 MODE: -v Xirzon by: kim_register 23:40 MODE: +v Erik_Zachte by: kim_register 23:40:14 <soufron> NullC, definitely 23:40:15 <kim_register> 5 minutes for responses to erik zachte 23:40:23 <jwales> But in general, yes, absolutely, the point of this is to improve things toward distributed authority. 23:40 Action: *cimon asks to speak (in turn) 23:40:58 <Xirzon> jwales: Do you support Angela's and Anthere's resolution for a certain standard of openness on the committees? 23:41:06 <mav> also, the board will be expanded 23:41:13 <NullC> jwales�:� Is it? Because we're getting mixed messages on that. If this is really an effort to distribute things rather than simply scale the board, then it should be handled in a different way than some have proposed. 23:41:35 <mav> openness should be through reporting and publishing of membership lists 23:41:48 <soufron> the proposal is only to create committees who will get delegations of authority when needed, and only when needed 23:41:51 <Xirzon> mav: it should also be through a minimum standard of participation. 23:41:58 <Angela> Not only that. also opennes in *how* people get on the committees. 23:42:00 <soufron> they will work the way they need to work 23:42:10 <Erik_Zachte> jwales, thanks 23:42:10 <jwales> I'll wait my turn... I didn't mean to tak ethe floor. 23:42:11 <Erik_Zachte> like some time ago on foundation board this is meant as constructive statement 23:42:13 <Erik_Zachte> now that we have only good people , lets strenthen the decision process for the long haul 23:42:39 <mav> angela; the procedures to get on a committee can and should also be published, yes 23:42:40 <soufron> what we need to write down, is only when they will meet and how they will vote 23:42:54 <soufron> everything else is left to the board and the community 23:43:06 <Xirzon> soufron: The Board can hold all committees to the same minimum standard. 23:43:16 <Trickstar> as the committees have to be acknowledged by the board, rules for membership don't have to be too strong 23:44:23 <kim_register> datrio for 3 minutes now 23:44:24 <soufron> Xirzon, that's a different decision 23:44:24 <mav> I agree - there should be minimum standards 23:44:24 <Angela> That was the point of having a reolsution on openess, so that all committees would be held to that same standard rather than trying to make each committee separately agree to that. 23:44 MODE: -v Erik_Zachte by: kim_register 23:44:36 <Xirzon> Angela: makes sense to me. 23:44:44 <soufron> Angela, it's perfectly possible, but good luck to write it 23:44:49 <soufron> Angela, that should be done later 23:44:57 <Talrias> who's next, kim? 23:45:08 <soufron> Angela, because you can go back to the committees at any time and change their rules of functionning from above if you want to 23:45:10 <kim_register> Ok, datrio can be skipped, Um, talrias, you I think 23:45:13 <Talrias> ok :) 23:45:16 <soufron> Angela, you're the board... you decide ! 23:45:18 <kim_register> you have +o, so no point in +v 23:45:20 <Talrias> i'd like to just talk about decision making 23:45:23 <Talrias> briefly 23:45:24 <kim_register> keep it short, we got several people wanting to speak :-) 23:45:27 <Talrias> i won't be long, I promise ;) 23:45:39 <Talrias> firstly, I think that a mailing list would be ideal for discussing this kind of stuff 23:45 JOIN: MiyamotoMusashi 23:45:53 <Talrias> it's also far simpler to set up and make it public or private 23:46:01 <Talrias> than doing technological wizardry with wikis 23:46:11 <Talrias> i get that impression from reading brion's mails to the foundation list 23:46:25 <Talrias> having a public and private mailing list for each committee would be a reasonable idea 23:46:31 <Talrias> most discussion would take place on the public one 23:46:32 <GerardM> one thing that I find disapointing is that these commitees are started and that it is not considered what is done for instance re WiktionaryZ 23:46 Action: *kim_register waves to MiyamotoMusashi :-) 23:46:41 <Talrias> and confidential stuff would be discussed on the private list 23:46:43 <MiyamotoMusashi> Hello there kim_register 23:46:51 <soufron> we are not yet on these details 23:46:56 <soufron> having a private ml and a public one ? 23:46:59 <soufron> this is details 23:47:02 <Talrias> obviously the ratio of discussion on each list would depend on the list 23:47:03 <soufron> this depends on each committee 23:47:04 <GerardM> there was a wiktionaryz commission before the committees were made public 23:47:07 <mav> we already have plenty of public lists 23:47:07 <Talrias> soufron, please, just let me speak 23:47:14 <soufron> this is something to look at in a few weeks or months 23:47:29 <Talrias> decision making was in the agenda 23:47:32 <Talrias> i'm talking about it :) 23:47:33 <GerardM> now how do the projects fit into the committees ? 23:47:39 <Talrias> i feel upstaged :p 23:47:52 <Trickstar> lol 23:47:58 <mav> I imagine the rules of almost all the committees will need to be readusted after they all get formed and start to interact 23:47:59 <Angela> GerardM: I think we need a separate meeting for that. Please go on Talrias. 23:48:07 <kim_register> Talrias :-) 23:48:09 <Talrias> yes, thanks Angela :) 23:48:11 <soufron> I think all of you has ideas about the way committees should work 23:48 JOIN: notafish 23:48:13 <JamesF> Umm, hello. ;-) 23:48:15 <soufron> I think all of you has ideas about the way committees should work 23:48:16 <soufron> but 23:48:23 <soufron> all of these ideas are personal 23:48:25 <Xirzon> hi JamesF 23:48:28 <Talrias> decision making is obviously an important part of the committee 23:48 JOIN: MrPatate 23:48:34 <MiyamotoMusashi> soufron: I would say it is an important issue that needs public airing 23:48:39 <soufron> I am only showing you how things could get organized with smooth governance in mind 23:48 JOIN: akl_ 23:48:43 <soufron> and how it could be evolutive 23:48:47 <Talrias> as we've discussed before we have to have some kind of consistency 23:48:50 <soufron> and simple 23:48:59 <Talrias> we can't have things which the board would make public, but a committee would keep private 23:49:00 <kim_register> alright, some folks need to be leaving soon I take it 23:49:14 <soufron> this is going to small details once again 23:49:20 <soufron> and this commitee should need that 23:49:25 <soufron> and this committee shoudl do that 23:49:25 <kim_register> okay. 23:49:27 <mav> Superbowl pregame show starts in 10 minutes :) 23:49:30 <soufron> and I would like things like this 23:49:31 <soufron> please 23:49:32 <kim_register> next on the list is angela 23:49:33 <Talrias> a committee should be held to the same standards as the board 23:49:36 <kim_register> after which jimbo 23:49:40 <soufron> we need rules 23:49:42 <soufron> I mean 23:49:46 <soufron> not declarations of intent 23:49:48 <soufron> but actual rules 23:49:56 <MiyamotoMusashi> soufron: The devil is always in the details 23:49:57 <Talrias> seems like soufron did more talking than me in my section :) 23:50:01 <Angela> The Executive Committee is so far the least clear, so I'd like to discuss that for a few minutes. 23:50:01 <soufron> that will be simple enough so that every committee will follow them 23:50:02 <dannyisme> and we need day to day operations 23:50:08 <kim_register> Talrias, sorry about that 23:50:10 <kim_register> Okay 23:50:13 <kim_register> angela has the floor 23:50:16 <Angela> There are lots of options open for forming an Executive Committee, and it seems they're not that common with such a small board (5), so there aren't many examples of follow that fit our exact situation. 23:50 MODE: +v Angela by: kim_register 23:50:18 <mav> soufron ; per committee and/or that apply to all committees? 23:50:34 <Angela> I'll paste some different options. 23:50:38 <Angela> 1) having the Executive Committee be a subset of the current board. 23:50:38 <Angela> 2) waiting until the board is expanded and having the Executive Committee be a subset of that larger board. 23:50:38 <Angela> 4) having open elections in the projects to choose members (in the same way two fifths of the current board were elected) 23:50:39 <Angela> 3) having some current board members and a rep from each committee. 23:50:40 <Angela> 5) have anyone apply to be on the Executive Committee, and the board appoints the ones it approves of. 23:50:44 <Angela> 6) have the Executive Committee made up of external people with experience in running a non-profit organization. 23:50:54 <soufron> mav, well, delegated authority, etc. that apply to all 23:50:59 <soufron> mav, because it's very simple 23:51:22 <soufron> mav, and it's just : when, how.. 23:51:27 <Trickstar> hush 23:51:40 <Angela> The 6th one came about from the suggestion that we should hire an Executive Director, who would basically be the head of the Executive Committee. 23:51:52 <Xirzon> Angela: what exactly is the role of the Exec Com? 23:52:04 <Talrias> sorry everyone, something's come up. kim_register's doing a great job. i'm sure he can manage 23:52:04 <Angela> The first one is kind of the current situation, but that was never made formal. 23:52:05 <Erik_Zachte> is the role of the EC clear cut? 23:52:06 <Erik_Zachte> if not should we not focus on that first? 23:52:08 <Talrias> thanks all 23:52 MODE: -o Talrias by: Talrias 23:52:11 <MiyamotoMusashi> I would advocate a combination of aspects of the six options above 23:52:12 <kim_register> Talrias, later! 23:52:19 <AlisonW> Re (1) the current board is already very small at only 5 people, and whilst an EC needs to be effective it needs (imho) to widen the skillset available to the organisation 23:52:42 <Angela> Xirzon: at a very broad level, the role of the ExecCom is to manage the organization. 23:52:45 <soufron> there is no role to cut 23:52:57 <soufron> the roles will be defined following the delegations they get 23:52:58 <AlisonW> and (6) should apply but not be *solely* external. A 'normal' company will have non-exec directors, but they won't be in the majority 23:53:02 <soufron> when a committee wants to do something 23:53:07 <soufron> some member comes with a proposal 23:53:10 <soufron> it's voted 23:53:16 <soufron> and then it's proposed to the board 23:53:17 <AlisonW> they'll be there to bring exteranal knowledge and skills to the table to beenefit the wider organisation 23:53:20 <soufron> who accepts it or rejects it 23:53:26 <MiyamotoMusashi> An approach would be to have the Executive Director as a board appointee, thus reporting to the Wikimedia board; the Exec Committee would be then indirectly linked to the board without being a direct subset : 23:53 PART: NullC 23:53:45 <Xirzon> Angela: is the role of the ExecCom to help coordinate the other committees? 23:53:55 <Angela> MiyamotoMusashi: I think all committees ought to be reporting to the board. 23:54:12 <MiyamotoMusashi> Angela: I would agree, I suppose; the question is to what degree is optimal 23:54:13 <Erik_Zachte> if EC role is not clear cut 23:54:14 <Erik_Zachte> do we form a governing body and ask to define their own role again ? 23:54:16 <Erik_Zachte> or soufron: 23:54:17 <Erik_Zachte> you say the board is in charge always and unmitigated ? 23:54:19 <soufron> Angela, then you will refuse to delegate authority to committees who don't report 23:54:24 <Angela> Xirzon: that would probably be one role of it unless there is some other way to coordinate the other committees. 23:54:29 <soufron> Erik_Zachte, exactly as it is today 23:54:45 <Xirzon> I'm very much in favor of having some elected representatives from the Wikimedia projects on the Executive Committee. 23:54:47 <Angela> Erik_Zachte: how do you propose we define the role of the EC? 23:54:58 <akl> Xirzon: omg 23:54:59 <Xirzon> That allows us to infuse some of the competence from Wikinews, Wikiquote, Commons etc. into the executive body. 23:55:13 <Xirzon> akl: go ahead :) 23:55:21 <Xirzon> That was after all part of the Wikicouncil proposal earlier 23:55:27 <mav> after talking about the EC, can we talk about where the grants function should go? 23:55:30 <Xirzon> and it is very common for organizations like Wikimedia to have large executive bodies. 23:55:30 <Erik_Zachte> soufron: 23:55:32 <Erik_Zachte> a benevolent dictatorship then 23:55:33 <Erik_Zachte> which is much less laid back than when Jimbo did this all by himself 23:55:44 <soufron> Erik_Zachte, I dont get your sentence 23:55:49 <Angela> an old proposal which never got much support, but which should be re-investigated is http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikicouncil - it's possible people could be elected from within the group of wikicouncil members to be on the EC : 23:55 PART: Shanel 23:56:00 <akl> Xirzon: we're talking about the organisation, not the community. the projects are and should stay anarchic 23:56:13 <Xirzon> akl: the ExecCom is not meant to rule over the projects : 23:56 PART: Celestianpower 23:56:20 <kim_register> alright, angela we still need time for jimbo wales 23:56:25 <GerardM> how can a committee function in any way if the sword of Damocles is always over its head ? isn't it the case that the board does not have the time ? 23:56:27 <Xirzon> akl: that doesn't mean it's not a good idea to have project-level competence on there 23:56:29 <delphine> Xiethen why should the projects rule the exercutive committee?. 23:56:35 <mav> angela ; but the community and the orgaization are separate things ; wikicouncil was about the community, no? 23:56:36 <kim_register> and verdy_P may wish to broach an additional subject 23:56:37 <delphine> * Xirzon 23:56:41 <kim_register> OK! 23:56:43 <soufron> pliz pliz 23:56:44 <kim_register> Angela finished 23:56:44 <soufron> pliz 23:56:45 <soufron> pliz 23:56:45 <soufron> pliz 23:56:48 <soufron> the current proposal 23:56:51 <Xirzon> delphine: rule? knowledgeable and trusted people from the projects should be part of it 23:56:52 <soufron> is to have 23:56:53 <Erik_Zachte> souffron meaning a government without consitution 23:56:55 <Erik_Zachte> again: stressing benevolent, but none the less with almost limitless powers 23:56:57 <akl> Xirzon: yes, so why should the community (who knows how to write articles) decide how to run the organisation? 23:56:57 <kim_register> soufron, you do not have the floor 23:57 MODE: -v Angela by: kim_register 23:57:07 <soufron> the same way for the EC than for the other committees 23:57:08 <Trickstar> gerard: the sword ensures that ppl actually do some serious work, and take responsibility 23:57 MODE: +v jwales by: kim_register 23:57:18 <Xirzon> akl: they should take a part in running the organization, and focus on making sure that their community interests are represented. 23:57:22 <soufron> Erik_Zachte, well, the constitution is the same than what it is for the board today 23:57:27 <MiyamotoMusashi> Angela: I made a similar proposal at [[Wikipedia:Community Panel but nobody paid much attention 23:57:40 <GerardM> the point is that the board does not have a choise anyway 23:57:41 <kim_register> alright, we'll discuss this some more after verdy_P 23:57:45 <soufron> Erik_Zachte, there is no change on this, it's just a better repartition 23:57:49 <kim_register> I think jimbo has some statements to make 23:58:13 <Angela> 3 minutes to Jimmy, and we should end the meeting. More than 2 hours would be unproductive. 23:58:16 <Erik_Zachte> soufron, I think change is needed 23:58:17 <Erik_Zachte> again not because what the board did wrong, but out of principle 23:58:19 <kim_register> Okay! 23:58:23 <soufron> Erik_Zachte, then 23:58:28 <kim_register> Angela, Verdy_P still wishes to make a statement 23:58:31 <soufron> Erik_Zachte, the EC can write a proposal 23:58:31 <kim_register> Alright ORDER! 23:58:34 <kim_register> ORDER! 23:58:36 <Xirzon> Angela: perhaps you could share your personal conclusions before we end it 23:58:37 <soufron> Erik_Zachte, and ask the board to vote for it 23:58 Action: *kim_register whacks the hammer 23:58:39 <soufron> Erik_Zachte, :)
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23:58:52 <kim_register> Alright, jwales has the floor 23:59:09 <Angela> Xirzon: perhaps later. 23:59:11 <jwales> hi 23:59 JOIN: FlyingCanuck 23:59:33 <jwales> there were two questions earlier that I wanted to answer 23:59:52 <verdy_p> I wanted to ask why the project could not scale torunoutsideFlorida on donated platforms(for example the Paris' cluster). Is there some project to avoid decepting the donators ? 00:00:19 <jwales> [17:40 <Xirzon> jwales: Do you support Angela's and Anthere's resolution for a certain standard of openness on the committees? 00:00:27 <kim_register> verdy_p, you're after jwales :-) 00:00 JOIN: MiyamotoMusashi : 00:01 PART: FlyingCanuck 00:01:37 <jwales> I support very strongly the idea, but I am not sure of the need for a resolution. If I understand what Michael has said about it, I agree with him: since there is almost nothing the committees are doing which could possibly be confidential (with some exceptions) it should be possible to conduct tons of activities publicly. That should be the default, and I doubt if we need a resolution from the board about it. 00:01:52 <jwales> Still, I'm undecided about the actual resolution. :) 00:02:08 <Angela> Without the resolution, there is no guarantee committees will do anything openly. 00:02 JOIN: MiyamotoMusashi 00:02:28 <TimStarling> michael wants the board to have no role at all 00:02:30 <Angela> If we have the reolsution, it becomes clear that the board does support the idea of transparency. 00:02:32 <Trickstar> as GerardM pointed out, there's always the damocles sword ;) 00:02:34 <jwales> we can just tell them and if they are being annoying, then we pass a resolution 00:02:46 <soufron> jwales, I agree with you 00:02:49 <mav> I don't think it will be wise to publish draft reports in public ; those have a tendency of being reported as official in the press 00:02:57 <TimStarling> that undermines the role of our elected representatives 00:02:59 <Angela> As I said before, there's little point discussing Michael's motives when he's not actually here. 00:03:19 <TimStarling> who are the only elected representatives the community has at a managerial level 00:03:24 <jwales> Tim, I'm pretty sure it isn't that he wants the board to have no role at all... 00:03:48 <Angela> No. 00:04:09 <TimStarling> if Anthere and Angela want to make a resolution, they should be allowed to 00:04:16 <TimStarling> who cares if it's redundant with common sense? 00:04:17 <jwales> what undermines the role? I don't see how the rather technical question of whether the board should have a resolution about internal committee functioning has anything to do with that. 00:04:32 <jwales> Oh, absolutely. 00:04:45 <jwales> I'm just saying we haven't discussed it very much yet, so I'm not sure how it will shake out. 00:04:55 <jwales> [17:41 <NullC> jwales: Is it? Because we're getting mixed messages on that. If this is really an effort to distribute things rather than simply scale the board, then it should be handled in a different way than some have proposed. 00:04:57 <kim_register> alright, quite a number of folks are speaking. Jimmy has the floor... give him a chance to speak and respond :-) 00:05:07 <jwales> This is the other question.... 00:05 MODE: +o JamesF by: ChanServ 00:05:36 <jwales> in response to me saying that the point of all the committee stuff is to delegate, to have more distributed authority 00:06 MODE: +v jwales by: JamesF 00:06 JOIN: NullC 00:06:14 <kbrooks> May I interrupt the meeting? 00:06:17 <jwales> The idea here is things like: rather than Soufron having to run to the board about every little thing, he (and the legal team) be given formal authority over certain things 00:06:51 <jwales> Or, for the special projects committee: to have a group of people entrusted to handle such things, and again with having to run to the board for every little thing 00:06:57 <Xirzon> jwales: on which level do you want official partnerships like, say, with the European Union's environmental terminology community to be handled? 00:07:01 <MiyamotoMusashi> I definitely agree that delegation of authority in this regard would be a good idea 00:07:21 <jwales> Xirzon: it will depend on the specific context of course 00:07:38 <soufron> yes 00:07:39 <kbrooks> I have a question. Is it OK to blank out a page if there is general consenus that the page is not needed (pending a deletion) 00:07:41 <kim_register> kbrooks -> see your msg 00:07:46 <Xirzon> jwales: they offer us content, money for development of wiktionary. 00:07:47 <kim_register> kbrooks, Hush! 00:07:51 <jwales> So those are my answers to two questions from before, but I also want to amplify something that akl said earlier.... 00:07:55 <kim_register> kbrooks, ask on #wikipedia 00:08:00 <JamesF> kbrooks> This is not the appropriate venue. 00:08:05 <kbrooks> ok 00:08 MODE: +b %kbrooks!*@* by: kim_register 00:08:35 <jwales> Xirzon, the details should be worked out over time depending on a variety of factors and experience, there is no simple a priori answer. 00:08:48 <Xirzon> :) 00:09:00 <jwales> The thing I wanted to amplify is the distinction between the *organization* and the *community* 00:09:25 <mav> exactly 00:09:36 <TOR_CNR> about time... thank you :) 00:09:39 <jwales> and what I view as an increasing need for professionalism in the organization. Some things work really really really great in a non-heirarchical, endlessly open fashion 00:09 MODE: -b %kbrooks!*@* by: kim_register 00:09:48 <jwales> like: writing an encyclopedia 00:09 JOIN: Dvortygirl_ 00:10:10 <Alphax> but not running an organisation 00:10:16 <JamesF> Exactly. 00:10:17 <jwales> other things do not work well at all in that way, like: speaking on behalf of the organization in a partnership context where actual money and contracts and things like that are at stake 00:10:22 <Xirzon> Nobody is advocating "endless openness", though. 00:10:27 <Angela> wich leads to the question of how should the executive committee be formed if not through electing people involved with the projects? 00:10:52 <jwales> I'm not arguing against anyone's position, Xirzon. I'm just amplifying that we need to get our organizational house in order. 00:10:53 <JamesF> Angela> Why should it be formed through election, though? Not having a good reason not to isn't a great one. :-) 00:11:00 <mav> the projects are only one place to look for talent 00:11:03 <Xirzon> jwales: In that case, I most definitely agree. 00:11:10 <cimon> Xirzon: 75% approval rating is unbounded though. 00:11:17 <MiyamotoMusashi> Angela: I would say probably no election would be needed; appointment by fiat would be far better and less messy 00:11:18 <jwales> On the question of the EC, Angela earlier listed several options 00:11:21 <NullC> Xirzon�:� There is no reason to believe that the community is a good source of people who are able to do thing other than edit an encyclopedia (and create userboxes) 00:11:24 <WiseWoman> I'm beginning to understand - WMF needs to be able to send ambassadors out into the world and they must have the authority to speak *for* the WMF in their area of expertise. 00:11:31 <Xirzon> NullC: it's the best source we have. 00:11:33 <JamesF> WiseWoman> Exactly. 00:11:39 <Xirzon> NullC: all the current official positions come from the community. 00:11:43 <jwales> I have no opinions at all about that at the present time. 00:11:45 <dannyisme> exactly, WiseWoman 00:11:54 <Trickstar> wisewoman: not only speak ;) 00:11:58 <jwales> Xirzon: mostly yes, but... 00:12:03 <Xirzon> It's funny when you see members of the community arguing against the competence of the community ;) 00:12:13 <MiyamotoMusashi> NullC: Don't forget arguing over images, of course :) 00:12:23 <jwales> We don't have an accountant. Brad is our US outside legal council, with a formal relationship, and he only comes "from the community" in a very roundabout sense... 00:12:24 <mindspillage> Xirzon: who better to know? ;-) 00:12:27 <JamesF> Xirzon> Is it, really? Some of us have seen how bad the community is at doing things collectively.# 00:12:28 <kim_register> Hokay, jimbo is getting swamped again :-) 00:12:33 <jwales> kim: thx! 00:12:44 <Datrio> everyone, I have a simple question/comment/proposition, since we're all in chaos right now 00:12:50 <kim_register> Datrio, we're not 00:12:50 <kim_register> ;-) 00:12:55 <kim_register> You go after jimbo though! 00:12:56 <Xirzon> we most definitely need outside experts, especially in the area of law. 00:12:57 <Datrio> oh yes you are ;) 00:12:59 <Xirzon> nobody disputes that. 00:13:08 <jwales> Brad is a good example... he's not really a community member in the way, say, Michael Snow is 00:13:12 <NullC> Our community has an above average competence in a few things (the ones for which it self selects) and a no better than average ability elsewhere... Now, average doesn't mean zero, but it's not what we need in order to meet our goals. 00:13:23 <TimStarling> no doubt there are lots of accountants in the community, it's just that none of them are prepared to work in that role on a volunteer basis 00:13:29 <jwales> but: he's local, he's passionate about our ideals... he drops by the office, he's always available, etc. 00:13:37 <MiyamotoMusashi> Well surely it should be Jimbo's decision as to who's appointed and where they are appointed from? Is it really a matter for the community to decide? I think probably the board should be left to their discretion where they get people from 00:13:39 <mav> jwales ; exactly, the community is just a convenient place to look for people to help 00:13:47 <dannyisme> and he's a nice guy :-) 00:13:47 <jwales> The community is a *great* place to look 00:13:50 <kim_register> OK, meeting ends in 2 minutes, we can continue discussing in #wikimedia :-) 00:13:53 <Xirzon> mav: a very, very big place 00:13:56 <mav> but the community should not run the organization 00:13:57 <kim_register> just so we have an official end 00:14:00 <kim_register> OKAY 00:14:00 <Erik_Zachte> to me this experiment in international cooperation also belongs to the core of the project 00:14:02 <Erik_Zachte> so I'd rather have the board bow to the community with exceptions where needed 00:14:03 <Erik_Zachte> than it take the lead in everything because that is so much more efficient 00:14:05 <Erik_Zachte> I feel the latter is the dominant pattern right now 00:14:16 <jwales> What I think those of us who work on the organization side of things need to strongly communicate into the community 00:14 MODE: +m by: kim_register 00:14:22 <kim_register> jimbo has the floor 00:14:32 <kim_register> *phew* 00:14:37 <jwales> is that there is nothing anti-community or anti-wiki about wanting professionals to do professional things 00:14 MODE: -m by: kim_register 00:14:59 <jwales> Erik: I think you're right, although I'm not sure about what the dominant pattern is right now 00:15:14 <NullC> jwales�:� Does that mean we're abandoning the project to build our own airplanes for the transportation of board members to events? 00:15:31 <MiyamotoMusashi> NullC: hahaha 00:15:32 <Xirzon> jwales: I have one question. You proposed the "Wikicouncil", an elected body of members of the community a while ago. Could you elaborate on what your motivation was for that, and whether some of these ideas will survive in the committees? 00:15:32 <soufron> mmmh 00:15:35 <jwales> Nullc: huh? 00:15 Action: *kim_register whacks Nullc over the head with a whiffelbat 00:15:48 <Trickstar> :) 00:15:53 <jwales> Xirzon: that's about the community, deciding about community things 00:16:00 <Xirzon> what are "community things"? 00:16 JOIN: tomg 00:16:14 <Xirzon> So far, we've mostly either had local consensus or open votes for these. 00:16:17 <MiyamotoMusashi> NullC: "Wikiair - the aeroplanes anyone can modify" 00:16:19 <NullC> jwales�:� It was a sarcastic remark related to those who think the community is the right source for every skill we need. 00:16:28 <jwales> Ah, good. :) 00:16:31 <Xirzon> NullC: nobody thinks that. 00:16:44 <Trickstar> community things don't belong to discussion in wikimedia-meeting ;) 00:16:52 <mav> xirzon ; what happens *on* the community 00:16:54 <jwales> I can give some examples... 00:17:12 <soufron> MiyamotoMusashi, lol 00:17:15 <kim_register> meeting will be ending in 5 minutes, for chatter... 00:17:22 <jwales> We know that organizations with our size and public face routinely raise tens of millions of dollars for their charitable goals 00:17:23 <kim_register> jwales, has the floor for another 2-3 minutes, 00:17:29 <kim_register> give him some air folks! 00:17:56 <jwales> there are professionals who work in that area who know how to do it right, lots of details like managing donor lists, etc. 00:18:10 <jwales> If there's a professional in the community to help with that, then super 00:18 JOIN: finanzer : 00:18 PART: finanzer 00:18:24 <jwales> for example: Delphine is a professional conference organizer, so having her organize the conference makes beautiful sense 00:18:28 <jwales> but if we didn't have delphine 00:18:33 <jwales> we would hire another professional 00:18:36 <Xirzon> sure. 00:18:45 <Trickstar> or ask in the community, if there's someone ;) 00:18:48 <jwales> ok that's all I have to say 00:18:53 <Angela> I don't know if there's really time to discuss this now, but perhaps something to consider for another meeting: since some people are suggesting the organisation and community should be completely separate, does that mean two members of the board should *not* be elected from the community? 00:18:53 <jwales> yes of course ask in the community 00:18:57 <delphine> Trickstar except 00:19:02 <mav> jwales ; the biggest thing in relation to that is having somebody with enough time ; volunteers who already have a full time job have limited time 00:19:14 <jwales> Angela, I would never support that. 00:19:21 <delphine> Trickstar I did it last year, as one of the *community* 00:19:22 <Xirzon> However, the area of fundraising is a particular one where we need true innovation, and for that we need clever members from all areas of the community, open meetings, and so forth. 00:19:35 <jwales> Xirzon: this is where you and I disagree 00:19:37 <MiyamotoMusashi> Angela: I think that perhaps having an outside individual might not necessarily be a bad idea simply because it would allow a fresh pair (or two pairs) of eyes to exist 00:19:49 <jwales> we do not need endless community discussions in the hope that somehow this will magically create innnovations 00:19:49 <NullC> Still should come before community membership, ... any professional can learn to work with the community as needed, while most community members can't be expected to learn a lifetimes worth of special skills just for Wikipedia in their spare time. 00:19:55 <Angela> jwales: in that case, why would the Exec Committee not be formed in the same way? 00:19:56 <Xirzon> jwales: not endless, no. 00:20:00 <kim_register> heh, everyone is putting in statements 00:20:02 <MiyamotoMusashi> Angela: Outside people on the board might help to act as a sanity valve :) 00:20:03 <TimStarling> I think most of the things that the board are involved with are important to the community also 00:20:06 <soufron> mmmh 00:20:07 <Erik_Zachte> one more about wikicouncil, an idea by jimmy which I favour much 00:20:08 <Erik_Zachte> wikicouncil was not announced on the mailling lists so few people knew about it 00:20:10 <Erik_Zachte> it could give guidance to the executive board that handles daily affairs 00:20:11 <Erik_Zachte> so that things like 'do we allow ads' are discussed and voted on in a wider audience 00:20:16 <jwales> we need to be professional -- raising money for charities is not a new field of research, it is a profession 00:20:19 <TimStarling> it's obviously important to the community what the manner of fundraising is 00:20:23 <MiyamotoMusashi> jwales: I agree 00:20:26 <Xirzon> jwales: raising money on the internet _is_ a new field of research. 00:20 MODE: +m by: kim_register 00:20:38 <kim_register> alright... 00:20:44 <kim_register> we're in last moments of meeting now :-) 00:20:58 <JamesF> Jimbo's final thoughts, please: ;-) 00:21:30 <cimon> kim_register: were there many requests besides my own still in the roster? : 00:22 PART: mav 00:23:06 <kim_register> hmm, jimbo? 00:23 MODE: +v Angela by: kim_register 00:23:18 <kim_register> any last words from angela? 00:23:28 <Angela> Not right now, no. 00:23:35 <kim_register> Okay, 00:23:35 <JamesF> kim> We've been unkind and put Jimbo on the spot with no-one to cover for him as he thinks, that's all. 00:23:49 <kim_register> JamesF, hehehe :-) 00:23:56 <kim_register> alright... 00:24:28 <kim_register> *phew* we did get some actual discussion done today :-) 00:24:37 <kim_register> let's close this meeting 00:24:46 <JamesF> Will someone be doing minutes? 00:24:50 <kim_register> everyone who'd like to discuss go visit #wikimedia : 00:25 PART: WiseWoman 00:25 MODE: +o TimStarling by: ChanServ : 00:25 PART: Submarine 00:25:35 <TimStarling> #wikimedia is pretty busy already 00:25:43 <TimStarling> are you sure you don't want to keep talking here? 00:26:05 <Angela> I think we should close the meeting and arrange another time to continue. 00:26:12 <JamesF> Yes. 00:26:13 <TimStarling> fair enough 00:26:15 <kim_register> very well 00:26:19 <JamesF> 6 days' time? 00:26:26 <Angela> Sounds ok to me. 00:26:29 <Angela> same time? 00:26:32 <JamesF> (So that people for whom Sundays are bad aren't utterly caught out.) 00:26:37 <kim_register> if #wikimedia is too busy, people can branch subchannels 00:26:37 <JamesF> Sure. 00:27:01 <Angela> Kim_register: I'd rather they just came back here in 6 days than tried going on now. 00:27 Action: *kim_register raises hammer : 00:27 PART: delphine : 00:27 PART: brion 00:28 Action: *kim_register meeting closed! 00:28:07 <kim_register> :-) 00:28:11 <Angela> thanks everyone for coming :) 00:28:12 <kim_register> *WHACK* 00:28:29 <Angela> Thanks Kim for moderating.