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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

Michael Peel

> On 16 Jan 2016, at 18:39, Alex Monk <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> On 16 January 2016 at 10:08, Yury Bulka <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
>> MZMcBride <[hidden email]> writes:
>>> A few years ago, the Wikimedia Foundation switched over to the Google
>> Apps
>>> platform, which means that most e-mail sent on the wikimedia.org domain
>> is
>>> now hosted by Google.
>> Are you sure? It doesn't look like wikimedia.org's MX point to google's
>> servers:
>> https://starttls.info/check/wikimedia.org
>
>
> It's true that individual inboxes for staff/contractors/board/etc. are
> hosted in Google Apps. WMF Operations controls the mail routing (hence the
> MX record) and directs mail sent to different addresses to different places
> - including rules for allowing Office IT (via foundation corporate LDAP) to
> route addresses to Google:
> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/diffusion/OPUP/browse/production/templates/exim/exim4.conf.mx.erb;51327368b853ffabcc93ea336c7e9e603354a077$261-292

Open source email options apparently aren't up to the job. As demonstrated by the number of times that the gmail-only 'mute thread' functionality has been mentioned on this list of late...

Thanks,
Mike
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

MZMcBride-2
In reply to this post by Patricio Lorente
Patricio Lorente wrote:

>Today the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees voted to remove one of
>the Trustees, Dr. James Heilman, from the Board. His term ended effective
>immediately.
>
>This was not a decision the Board took lightly. The Board has a
>responsibility to the Wikimedia movement and the Wikimedia Foundation to
>ensure that the Board functions with mutual confidence to ensure effective
>governance. Following serious consideration, the Board felt this removal
>decision was a necessary step at this time. The resolution will be
>published shortly.
>
> [...]

The minutes from this Board of Trustees meeting have now been posted:

---
December 28, 2015 minutes
WMF Board minutes

* December 28, 2015
* Board of Trustees present: Patricio Lorente (Chair), Alice Wiegand (Vice
  Chair), Dariusz Jemielniak, Denny Vrandečić, Frieda Brioschi, James
  Heilman Jan-Bart de Vreede, Jimmy Wales, Stu West, and Guy Kawasaki
* Others present for part of the meeting: Geoff Brigham (Secretary and
  General Counsel), Stephen LaPorte (Legal Counsel)

Patricio called the meeting to order at 1:30 PM Pacific time on December
28, 2016. Geoff called roll and confirmed that a quorum was present and
able to simultaneously hear the meeting.

Patricio called the meeting for the purpose of discussing a resolution to
remove James from the Board of Trustees. Patricio introduced the
discussion, and asked James to discuss his perspective. At that point in
the meeting, James was excused from the discussion and Board members
discussed their concerns. Patricio invited James back to the meeting.
After a motion by Patricio, seconded by Alice, the Board voted to approve
a resolution to remove James from the Board
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:James_Heilman_Removal>,
effective immediately.

The Board discussed the next steps, and the meeting was concluded.
---

From <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Special:Permalink/105360>.

>This decision creates an open seat for a community-selected Trustee. [...]

Hmmm, I only just now noticed your use of community-selected here. I think
sometime this year, we should hold a community straw poll on Meta-Wiki
about changing the selection to an election. I think the Board of Trustees
needs to hear from the Wikimedia editing community about this issue.

MZMcBride



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

jmh649
+1 to MZMcBride comment

I strongly support us actually elected the community trustees. I have
reached out to a couple of lawyers to try to figure out how involved this
would be.

James

On Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 5:41 PM, MZMcBride <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Patricio Lorente wrote:
> >Today the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees voted to remove one of
> >the Trustees, Dr. James Heilman, from the Board. His term ended effective
> >immediately.
> >
> >This was not a decision the Board took lightly. The Board has a
> >responsibility to the Wikimedia movement and the Wikimedia Foundation to
> >ensure that the Board functions with mutual confidence to ensure effective
> >governance. Following serious consideration, the Board felt this removal
> >decision was a necessary step at this time. The resolution will be
> >published shortly.
> >
> > [...]
>
> The minutes from this Board of Trustees meeting have now been posted:
>
> ---
> December 28, 2015 minutes
> WMF Board minutes
>
> * December 28, 2015
> * Board of Trustees present: Patricio Lorente (Chair), Alice Wiegand (Vice
>   Chair), Dariusz Jemielniak, Denny Vrandečić, Frieda Brioschi, James
>   Heilman Jan-Bart de Vreede, Jimmy Wales, Stu West, and Guy Kawasaki
> * Others present for part of the meeting: Geoff Brigham (Secretary and
>   General Counsel), Stephen LaPorte (Legal Counsel)
>
> Patricio called the meeting to order at 1:30 PM Pacific time on December
> 28, 2016. Geoff called roll and confirmed that a quorum was present and
> able to simultaneously hear the meeting.
>
> Patricio called the meeting for the purpose of discussing a resolution to
> remove James from the Board of Trustees. Patricio introduced the
> discussion, and asked James to discuss his perspective. At that point in
> the meeting, James was excused from the discussion and Board members
> discussed their concerns. Patricio invited James back to the meeting.
> After a motion by Patricio, seconded by Alice, the Board voted to approve
> a resolution to remove James from the Board
> <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:James_Heilman_Removal>,
> effective immediately.
>
> The Board discussed the next steps, and the meeting was concluded.
> ---
>
> From <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Special:Permalink/105360>.
>
> >This decision creates an open seat for a community-selected Trustee. [...]
>
> Hmmm, I only just now noticed your use of community-selected here. I think
> sometime this year, we should hold a community straw poll on Meta-Wiki
> about changing the selection to an election. I think the Board of Trustees
> needs to hear from the Wikimedia editing community about this issue.
>
> MZMcBride
>
>
>
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The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine
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