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Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees 2022 election - updates[edit]

Cross-posted from wikimedia-l

Hi everyone,

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees met between March 23-24 for our first in-person meeting in over two years. It was an opportunity to welcome our new CEO and several new trustees who have recently joined the Board. Further updates from the meeting will be shared soon, I am writing now to report on resolutions that the Board made regarding the upcoming 2022 elections:

You can read about the details of these resolutions on Meta. We are happy to discuss and answer any questions on the corresponding talk pages.

Best, Dariusz on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees (posted on behalf of Pundit, April 13, 2022)

Simpler analysis of candidates + role of current standing Elections Committee?[edit]

I appreciate the sentiment behind the current recommendations, but some of the implementation details seem to have erred on the side of "laborious effort by community, through multiplication of new community-elected bodies". I did not realize when reading the Board resolution just how involved and multi-stage the resulting process might become; now I'm somewhat confused about how it will all resolve 😅.

Rather than electing a one-time-only group to conduct a heavy central analysis of the candidate proposals, perhaps the elections committee itself can provide a lightweight evaluation, while inviting anyone else to do the same based on the public criteria, and all of these evals can be made visible through the voter-information tool.

Issues of simplicity, communication, facilitation and consistency come up every year -- even the current Task Force mentioned above was only set up for this year's election. I would love to see a more active, permanent EC, with responsibility for drafting + updating these processes, which generally works publicly on the wiki + might be able to channel new ideas towards lightweight implementations, and sketch them out w/ public participation of the network of coordinators and implementers in each language. And where there are concerns about equal geographic representation, that might be applied to the EC itself – putting thought into that standing body rather than spinning off new one-time bodies. [or is this analysis group thought of as an extension of eleccomm?] –SJ talk  17:17, 16 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]