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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Gregory Maxwell
On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 2:58 PM, Guillaume Paumier<[hidden email]> wrote:
[snip]
> It is very common for members of the board of a non-profit
> organisation to donate money to support this organisation.

It was my understanding that the appointment was of Matt Halprin, not
the Omidyar Network.

On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 3:17 PM, Robert Rohde<[hidden email]> wrote:
> However, in this case, even if we
> assume the seat was outright "bought" for $2M, I don't think there are

I'm not sure why people are behaving as though there is any ambiguity
on this point.
The Omidyar Network agreed to make a donation to the Wikimedia
Foundation with the understood condition that their representative
would receive a seat on the board.

There is no need for speculation, it is what it is, like it or dislike it.

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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

thekohser
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Guillame said:

"

A board member (or volunteer, or anyone who goes around and asks
someone to donate money to a cause) has some leverage if they can
answer: « I donated $2 million because I think this cause is worthy.
How much will you donate? »

"

+++++++

How unfortunate for Matt Halprin.  As far as I know, it was his employer,
Omidyar Network, that made the big donation, not Halprin himself personally.

It is amazing to me how shallow is the general comprehension level on this
list.

I am still awaiting answers for the very simple questions I asked earlier
today, about Halprin's history of board memberships.  Is anyone working on
them, or will I have to do it myself?

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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Robert Rohde
In reply to this post by Gregory Maxwell
On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 12:26 PM, Gregory Maxwell<[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 3:17 PM, Robert Rohde<[hidden email]> wrote:
>> However, in this case, even if we
>> assume the seat was outright "bought" for $2M, I don't think there are
>
> I'm not sure why people are behaving as though there is any ambiguity
> on this point.
> The Omidyar Network agreed to make a donation to the Wikimedia
> Foundation with the understood condition that their representative
> would receive a seat on the board.
>
> There is no need for speculation, it is what it is, like it or dislike it.

I hedged my language because I don't believe it is that simple.  I do
believe the money and the seat are linked, but I don't believe just
anyone could buy a seat for $2M.  For example, I doubt Mr. Kohs would
be seated even if he had $2M to offer.  Describing the seat as being
"bought" ignores the fact that Mr. Halprin does bring valuable skills,
associations, and what appears to be a compatible philosophy.  Would
he have been appointed without the financial backing?  Probably not.
But I don't believe it was the only factor under consideration.  (Or
at least I want to believe that the existing Board is capable of
walking away from "piles of money" if it came with too many strings
and conflicts attached.)

-Robert Rohde

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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Gerard Meijssen-3
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Hoi,
Gregory, at Wikimania people are REALLY busy with the business of our
organisation and your notion that there might be people that are their
answer you in what you consider a timely fashion is at odds with reality.
Realistically if you get a message  in the first place, do not expect
anything within a weak ... Alternatively hold your breath ... and maybe this
will make a difference ...
Thanks.
     GerardM

2009/8/26 Gregory Kohs <[hidden email]>

> Guillame said:
>
> "
>
> A board member (or volunteer, or anyone who goes around and asks
> someone to donate money to a cause) has some leverage if they can
> answer: « I donated $2 million because I think this cause is worthy.
> How much will you donate? »
>
> "
>
> +++++++
>
> How unfortunate for Matt Halprin.  As far as I know, it was his employer,
> Omidyar Network, that made the big donation, not Halprin himself
> personally.
>
> It is amazing to me how shallow is the general comprehension level on this
> list.
>
> I am still awaiting answers for the very simple questions I asked earlier
> today, about Halprin's history of board memberships.  Is anyone working on
> them, or will I have to do it myself?
>
> --
> Gregory Kohs
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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Gregory Maxwell
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On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 3:36 PM, Robert Rohde<[hidden email]> wrote:
> I hedged my language because I don't believe it is that simple.  I do
> believe the money and the seat are linked, but I don't believe just

Thats quite fair, however:

> anyone could buy a seat for $2M.  For example, I doubt Mr. Kohs would
> be seated even if he had $2M to offer

Should we not refer to elected candidates as elected when exactly the
same provision applies?

[snip]
>(Or at least I want to believe that the existing Board is capable of
> walking away from "piles of money" if it came with too many strings
> and conflicts attached.)

There is absolutely no reason to doubt that. None at all. It happens
every single day that the Wikimedia sites do not run advertising.

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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Guillaume Paumier
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On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:35 PM, Gregory Kohs<[hidden email]> wrote:
> Guillame said:

I know my name is unpronounceable to anyone who doesn't speak French,
but I would assume copy/pasting isn't that difficult.

> A board member (or volunteer, or anyone who goes around and asks
> someone to donate money to a cause) has some leverage if they can
> answer: « I donated $2 million because I think this cause is worthy.
> How much will you donate? »
>
> How unfortunate for Matt Halprin.  As far as I know, it was his employer,
> Omidyar Network, that made the big donation, not Halprin himself personally.

Simply replace my conclusion by « I had my company donate $2 million
because I managed to convince them that this cause is worthy. How much
will you or your company donate? »

--
Guillaume Paumier
[[m:User:guillom]]
http://www.gpaumier.org

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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Thomas Dalton
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2009/8/26 Robert Rohde <[hidden email]>:

> On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 12:26 PM, Gregory Maxwell<[hidden email]> wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 3:17 PM, Robert Rohde<[hidden email]> wrote:
>>> However, in this case, even if we
>>> assume the seat was outright "bought" for $2M, I don't think there are
>>
>> I'm not sure why people are behaving as though there is any ambiguity
>> on this point.
>> The Omidyar Network agreed to make a donation to the Wikimedia
>> Foundation with the understood condition that their representative
>> would receive a seat on the board.
>>
>> There is no need for speculation, it is what it is, like it or dislike it.
>
> I hedged my language because I don't believe it is that simple.  I do
> believe the money and the seat are linked, but I don't believe just
> anyone could buy a seat for $2M.  For example, I doubt Mr. Kohs would
> be seated even if he had $2M to offer.  Describing the seat as being
> "bought" ignores the fact that Mr. Halprin does bring valuable skills,
> associations, and what appears to be a compatible philosophy.  Would
> he have been appointed without the financial backing?  Probably not.
> But I don't believe it was the only factor under consideration.  (Or
> at least I want to believe that the existing Board is capable of
> walking away from "piles of money" if it came with too many strings
> and conflicts attached.)

Now we're arguing about semantics. I'm sure the board wouldn't appoint
someone they didn't think would be good for the job regardless of the
money offered, but I also don't think they would have appointed Matt
without the money. I think that fits the definition of "sell", others
may disagree but it is semantics and is unimportant.

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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Thomas Dalton
In reply to this post by Gregory Maxwell
2009/8/26 Gregory Maxwell <[hidden email]>:
> On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 2:58 PM, Guillaume Paumier<[hidden email]> wrote:
> [snip]
>> It is very common for members of the board of a non-profit
>> organisation to donate money to support this organisation.
>
> It was my understanding that the appointment was of Matt Halprin, not
> the Omidyar Network.

Yes, and that makes a difference legally. It doesn't make much
difference in reality, though.

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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Casey Brown-5
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On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 3:48 PM, Thomas Dalton<[hidden email]> wrote:
> I think that fits the definition of "sell", others
> may disagree but it is semantics and is unimportant.

Is it unimportant?  We're discussing how this action is perceived as
having bought a seat, so I'd say that that semantics and
interpretations definitely are important here.

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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Gregory Maxwell
On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 3:52 PM, Casey Brown<[hidden email]> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 3:48 PM, Thomas Dalton<[hidden email]> wrote:
>> I think that fits the definition of "sell", others
>> may disagree but it is semantics and is unimportant.
>
> Is it unimportant?  We're discussing how this action is perceived as
> having bought a seat, so I'd say that that semantics and
> interpretations definitely are important here.

Is any of it?

It doesn't appear that anyone outside of troll-l^wfoundation-l cares.
Even over at Wikipedia review the response has been more along the
lines of "Wow, they suckered Omidyar!".

Much of the discussion here seems to be a concern that someone
platonic community member will be outraged, not that the participants
themselves are more than mildly disappointed.  When ENWP changes their
site notice to direct readers to a wikinews smear piece about the
board selling a seat— then we can worry.  Until then, this seems like
a lot of pointless lip-flapping.


Cheers.

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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

George William Herbert
My two cents -

The Board telegraphed this ahead of time, not the particulars
(who/when) but the generalities.

The process is not unusual for other charitable organizations.

There are more community members (active or ex) on the Board than any
other category.  There still will be even if all the potential /
authorized expert slots are filled.

While there is always a theoretical potential for some sort of
un-core-principles like covert coup from within, there is whether one
invites external board members in or not and whether or not we accept
money from people with strings.  I see no sign that any of the staff
or board are interested in any such thing.

They seem to be doing a lot of "Make the charity a serious,
self-sustaining organization", in addition to just keeping the lights
on for the servers.  But that's the purpose of the Foundation.  A pure
volunteer pure individual donations organization can't accomplish the
stability and help expand open access to information in the way we all
would like to see.

We (the community) wanted this growth and maturity.  We hired people
who can do this growth and mature the organization, and are moving
down the track in the direction we asked them to go.

The strings here are probably to our advantage - more competent people
with wider experience and sharing our core values on the Board is a
good thing, not a bad one.

Bravo to the Board and Staff for this.


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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Ting Chen-2
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Hello Kropotkine_113,

since I am on the NomCom I will answer your questions.

Kropotkine_113 wrote:
> Has Matt Halprin been designated to the Board by the Nominating Commitee
> (NOMCOM) ? This is explicity required if I read correctly this page :
> http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees/Restructure_Announcement_Q%26A
>  
This is not correct. Essentially the NomCom should nominate the board
members, and should do this at the end of last year. But it didn't
worked out. There are multiple reasons for that. Basically that was the
first time that we worked how it can work and how not. We are simply
lack of experience. So, it didn't work out last winter. We should have
four nominated candidates appointed to the board by the begin of 2009
but we had only two by that time. According to the bylaw of the
Foundation IV 6 the board can appoint trustees because of vacancy, this
is the case. So Matt was not on the NomCom list. But we had informed the
NomCom though about this process. After Wikimania the NomCom would
resume its work and make suggestions for next year. So Matt would be
included by NomCom in its list that it would suggest to the board by
December or would drop out.

> Does he fulfill the Nomitanig Commitee selection criterion : "Membership
> in the Wikimedia community" ?
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Nominating_Committee/Selection_criteria#General_needed_traits
>
> Where is the list of the other candidates designated by the NOMCOM ?
>  
The list of NomCom is not published because of privacy. It is a very
simple thing. If someone is suggested on the list and he is not selected
or he declined, in either cases can it can both be embarassing for the
person as well as for the Foundation. So the NomCom had decided on its
first meeting that the list would not be published and should be kept
confidential. This would also be the case for the coming years.
> Could we see the discussions and the recommandations of the nominating
> commitee ?
>  
Because of the nature of the confidenciality of the NomCom the
discussion are kept internal. But there are meeting minutes and the
mailing list is archived. The NomCom published a status report which is
published here: [1]
> Is it possible to know which member of the Board of Trustees agree this
> appointment ? Or at least juste the repartition support/against in the
> Board ?
>  
The discussion about this assignment and the voting about it would be
published as one of the topics of the August board meeting. I want to
respect the secratory offices role here and don't make any announcements
prior of Kat's publication of the minutes. What I can say at this point
is that I voted for Matt for the following reasons: First of all Jimmy
and Michael interviewed and talked with Matt. Both of them had
recommended him as a valuable plus for the board. The board had
interviewed Matt in Buenos Aires, had discussed all the problems that
may be raised or values that may be added. According of all these
evaluations I feel no problem as voting for him. We worked with Matt in
Buenos Aires during our strategic planning session and I feel that our
positive evaluation was confirmed as Matt had inputted a lot of insights
out of his experiences about procedures and measurements of success.

Ting

[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Nominating_committee

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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Kropotkine_113
Le mercredi 26 août 2009 à 22:44 +0200, Ting Chen a écrit :
> Hello Kropotkine_113,


Hello Ting,


> since I am on the NomCom I will answer your questions.
>
> Kropotkine_113 wrote:
> > Has Matt Halprin been designated to the Board by the Nominating Commitee
> > (NOMCOM) ? This is explicity required if I read correctly this page :
> > http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees/Restructure_Announcement_Q%26A
> >  
> This is not correct. Essentially the NomCom should nominate the board
> members, and should do this at the end of last year. But it didn't
> worked out. There are multiple reasons for that. Basically that was the
> first time that we worked how it can work and how not. We are simply
> lack of experience. So, it didn't work out last winter. We should have
> four nominated candidates appointed to the board by the begin of 2009
> but we had only two by that time. According to the bylaw of the
> Foundation IV 6 the board can appoint trustees because of vacancy, this
> is the case. So Matt was not on the NomCom list. But we had informed the
> NomCom though about this process. After Wikimania the NomCom would
> resume its work and make suggestions for next year. So Matt would be
> included by NomCom in its list that it would suggest to the board by
> December or would drop out.


Ok. It would be interesting to explain that more explicitely somewhere
(on meta or on wikimediafoundation's wiki) because It was not so obvious
(or I didn't understain...) when I read the Q&A page I mentionned.


> > Does he fulfill the Nomitanig Commitee selection criterion : "Membership
> > in the Wikimedia community" ?
> > http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Nominating_Committee/Selection_criteria#General_needed_traits
> >
> > Where is the list of the other candidates designated by the NOMCOM ?
> >  
> The list of NomCom is not published because of privacy. It is a very
> simple thing. If someone is suggested on the list and he is not selected
> or he declined, in either cases can it can both be embarassing for the
> person as well as for the Foundation. So the NomCom had decided on its
> first meeting that the list would not be published and should be kept
> confidential. This would also be the case for the coming years.


Ok.


> > Could we see the discussions and the recommandations of the nominating
> > commitee ?
> >  
> Because of the nature of the confidenciality of the NomCom the
> discussion are kept internal. But there are meeting minutes and the
> mailing list is archived. The NomCom published a status report which is
> published here: [1]


Ok.


> > Is it possible to know which member of the Board of Trustees agree this
> > appointment ? Or at least juste the repartition support/against in the
> > Board ?
> >  
> The discussion about this assignment and the voting about it would be
> published as one of the topics of the August board meeting. I want to
> respect the secratory offices role here and don't make any announcements
> prior of Kat's publication of the minutes. What I can say at this point
> is that I voted for Matt for the following reasons: First of all Jimmy
> and Michael interviewed and talked with Matt. Both of them had
> recommended him as a valuable plus for the board. The board had
> interviewed Matt in Buenos Aires, had discussed all the problems that
> may be raised or values that may be added. According of all these
> evaluations I feel no problem as voting for him. We worked with Matt in
> Buenos Aires during our strategic planning session and I feel that our
> positive evaluation was confirmed as Matt had inputted a lot of insights
> out of his experiences about procedures and measurements of success.


Thank you for all these explanations and for wasting your time to
answer.


> Ting

Kropotkine_113



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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Delphine Ménard
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On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 21:26, Gregory Maxwell<[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 2:58 PM, Guillaume Paumier<[hidden email]> wrote:
> [snip]
>> It is very common for members of the board of a non-profit
>> organisation to donate money to support this organisation.
>
> It was my understanding that the appointment was of Matt Halprin, not
> the Omidyar Network.
>
> On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 3:17 PM, Robert Rohde<[hidden email]> wrote:
>> However, in this case, even if we
>> assume the seat was outright "bought" for $2M, I don't think there are
>
> I'm not sure why people are behaving as though there is any ambiguity
> on this point.
> The Omidyar Network agreed to make a donation to the Wikimedia
> Foundation with the understood condition that their representative
> would receive a seat on the board.

If you're going to be consistent with your first comment (above:
appointment is of Matt Halprin, not ON), then the word
"representative" is probably not the right one.

(not denying any connection or anything, just pointing out semantics)

Delphine


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Ting Chen-2
In reply to this post by Kropotkine_113
Kropotkine_113 wrote:
> Ok. It would be interesting to explain that more explicitely somewhere
> (on meta or on wikimediafoundation's wiki) because It was not so obvious
> (or I didn't understain...) when I read the Q&A page I mentionned.
>  
I agree, we will improve that.
> Thank you for all these explanations and for wasting your time to
> answer.
>
>  
This by no mean a waste of time. It is my duty to answer your questions.

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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Anthony-73
In reply to this post by Guillaume Paumier
On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 3:48 PM, Guillaume Paumier <[hidden email]>wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:35 PM, Gregory Kohs<[hidden email]> wrote:> A board member (or volunteer, or anyone who goes around and asks
> > someone to donate money to a cause) has some leverage if they can
> > answer: « I donated $2 million because I think this cause is worthy.
> > How much will you donate? »
> >
> > How unfortunate for Matt Halprin.  As far as I know, it was his employer,
> > Omidyar Network, that made the big donation, not Halprin himself
> personally.
>
> Simply replace my conclusion by « I had my company donate $2 million
> because I managed to convince them that this cause is worthy. How much
> will you or your company donate? »


Fairly huge difference, when you put it that way.  I'm still untwisting the
details trying to figure out who's getting paid what by whom for what,
though.
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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Thomas Dalton
2009/8/27 Anthony <[hidden email]>:

> On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 3:48 PM, Guillaume Paumier <[hidden email]>wrote:
>
>> On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 4:35 PM, Gregory Kohs<[hidden email]> wrote:> A board member (or volunteer, or anyone who goes around and asks
>> > someone to donate money to a cause) has some leverage if they can
>> > answer: « I donated $2 million because I think this cause is worthy.
>> > How much will you donate? »
>> >
>> > How unfortunate for Matt Halprin.  As far as I know, it was his employer,
>> > Omidyar Network, that made the big donation, not Halprin himself
>> personally.
>>
>> Simply replace my conclusion by « I had my company donate $2 million
>> because I managed to convince them that this cause is worthy. How much
>> will you or your company donate? »
>
>
> Fairly huge difference, when you put it that way.  I'm still untwisting the
> details trying to figure out who's getting paid what by whom for what,
> though.

I agree, there is a big difference between spending someone else's
money and spending your own.

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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Birgitte_sb
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I will confirm Ting's explanation here regarding NomCom. There was no list for 2009 appointments.  So it is true that Matt was not on the 2009 list.  No one was.  Matt was interviewed by Micheal and Sue, who as members of Nomcom, were aware of our decision to focus on finding expertise in both fundraising and 501(c)(3) organizations for the vacant seats. I find Matt to be a great fit for WMF with the sort of experience we have been most anxious for.  Personally I wish that Nomcom could have located Matt a year ago and presented him as part of a Oct 15 2008 list and that he would have been able to share is experience with WMF throughout this year instead of just this short interm.  This of course did not happen, but it should not seen a fault of Matt's that it was not the case.
 
Birgitte SB

--- On Wed, 8/26/09, Ting Chen <[hidden email]> wrote:

> From: Ting Chen <[hidden email]>
> Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation
> To: "Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List" <[hidden email]>
> Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 3:44 PM
> Hello Kropotkine_113,
>
> since I am on the NomCom I will answer your questions.
>
> Kropotkine_113 wrote:
> > Has Matt Halprin been designated to the Board by the
> Nominating Commitee
> > (NOMCOM) ? This is explicity required if I read
> correctly this page :
> > http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees/Restructure_Announcement_Q%26A
> >   
> This is not correct. Essentially the NomCom should nominate
> the board
> members, and should do this at the end of last year. But it
> didn't
> worked out. There are multiple reasons for that. Basically
> that was the
> first time that we worked how it can work and how not. We
> are simply
> lack of experience. So, it didn't work out last winter. We
> should have
> four nominated candidates appointed to the board by the
> begin of 2009
> but we had only two by that time. According to the bylaw of
> the
> Foundation IV 6 the board can appoint trustees because of
> vacancy, this
> is the case. So Matt was not on the NomCom list. But we had
> informed the
> NomCom though about this process. After Wikimania the
> NomCom would
> resume its work and make suggestions for next year. So Matt
> would be
> included by NomCom in its list that it would suggest to the
> board by
> December or would drop out.
>
> > Does he fulfill the Nomitanig Commitee selection
> criterion : "Membership
> > in the Wikimedia community" ?
> > http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Nominating_Committee/Selection_criteria#General_needed_traits
> >
> > Where is the list of the other candidates designated
> by the NOMCOM ?
> >   
> The list of NomCom is not published because of privacy. It
> is a very
> simple thing. If someone is suggested on the list and he is
> not selected
> or he declined, in either cases can it can both be
> embarassing for the
> person as well as for the Foundation. So the NomCom had
> decided on its
> first meeting that the list would not be published and
> should be kept
> confidential. This would also be the case for the coming
> years.
> > Could we see the discussions and the recommandations
> of the nominating
> > commitee ?
> >   
> Because of the nature of the confidenciality of the NomCom
> the
> discussion are kept internal. But there are meeting minutes
> and the
> mailing list is archived. The NomCom published a status
> report which is
> published here: [1]
> > Is it possible to know which member of the Board of
> Trustees agree this
> > appointment ? Or at least juste the repartition
> support/against in the
> > Board ?
> >   
> The discussion about this assignment and the voting about
> it would be
> published as one of the topics of the August board meeting.
> I want to
> respect the secratory offices role here and don't make any
> announcements
> prior of Kat's publication of the minutes. What I can say
> at this point
> is that I voted for Matt for the following reasons: First
> of all Jimmy
> and Michael interviewed and talked with Matt. Both of them
> had
> recommended him as a valuable plus for the board. The board
> had
> interviewed Matt in Buenos Aires, had discussed all the
> problems that
> may be raised or values that may be added. According of all
> these
> evaluations I feel no problem as voting for him. We worked
> with Matt in
> Buenos Aires during our strategic planning session and I
> feel that our
> positive evaluation was confirmed as Matt had inputted a
> lot of insights
> out of his experiences about procedures and measurements of
> success.
>
> Ting
>
> [1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Nominating_committee
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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Michael Snow-3
In reply to this post by Kropotkine_113
Kropotkine_113 wrote:
> Does he fulfill the Nomitanig Commitee selection criterion : "Membership
> in the Wikimedia community" ?
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Nominating_Committee/Selection_criteria#General_needed_traits
>  
Ting already answered the rest of these questions, but I will elaborate
on this one. The page is perhaps not completely clear, but the
Nominating Committee used it as a workspace to brainstorm and prioritize
possible criteria. Thus, it was not decided that we should make
membership in the Wikimedia community a criterion for the appointed
seats, as most of us did not think this was a priority. I think this is
quite understandable, since these seats are designed to allow us to find
outside expertise for areas not already covered by the board members
selected by the community. Neither Matt nor anyone else pretends that he
was a member of the Wikimedia community before he was appointed to the
board. I know that he was looking forward to getting to know people from
the community at Wikimania, though.

--Michael Snow

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Re: Omidyar Network Commits $2 Million Grant to Wikimedia Foundation

Mike Peel

On 27 Aug 2009, at 03:46, Michael Snow wrote:

> Kropotkine_113 wrote:
>> Does he fulfill the Nomitanig Commitee selection criterion :  
>> "Membership
>> in the Wikimedia community" ?
>> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Nominating_Committee/ 
>> Selection_criteria#General_needed_traits
>>
> Ting already answered the rest of these questions, but I will  
> elaborate
> on this one. The page is perhaps not completely clear, but the
> Nominating Committee used it as a workspace to brainstorm and  
> prioritize
> possible criteria. Thus, it was not decided that we should make
> membership in the Wikimedia community a criterion for the appointed
> seats, as most of us did not think this was a priority. I think  
> this is
> quite understandable, since these seats are designed to allow us to  
> find
> outside expertise for areas not already covered by the board members
> selected by the community. Neither Matt nor anyone else pretends  
> that he
> was a member of the Wikimedia community before he was appointed to the
> board. I know that he was looking forward to getting to know people  
> from
> the community at Wikimania, though.
>
> --Michael Snow

Can I ask: what experience _does_ he have of the Wikimedia movement?  
Has he ever edited a Wikimedia project? How has he supported free  
content aside from via money and being on Boards of Trustees?

There doesn't seem to be an "About Matt Halprin" section available in  
any of the press releases, as there is for the other new appointments...

Thanks,
Mike Peel

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