Talk:Executive Director Transition Team

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Question[edit]

Does being on the Executive Director Transition Team preclude you from being a possible candidate for the Executive Director position? I know that Ting stepped down from the Board to be considered a candidate. --MZMcBride (talk) 04:34, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Since nothing can preclude you from being a _possible_ candidate, I would like to say it in other words: Nobody in the team applies for the position. I remember it being written somewhere (mailing-list, blog?) but I wasn't able to find it again. Alice Wiegand (talk) 09:51, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Thanks for keeping this page well updated! Please let the community know how else they can help facilitate the search. I hope that there is some stage of discussion or idea-sharing between the finalists and the community. (The idea sharing could be anonymized if some of the leading candidates don't want to make it known that they are applying for the position). As Sue said early in the process: any future ED will need to be prepared to engage in community discussion, and to put their ideas out for debate. SJ talk  23:29, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

I'm interested in learning more about the candidates and their ideas, FWIW. Biosthmors (talk) 23:31, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
I'm also interested in knowing if they plan to use veto power over certain branches of WMF or if they'll let them run autonomously. Biosthmors (talk) 23:32, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
Re: this last question, I'm not sure what you mean by veto power; the executive director controls all of the parts of WMF, by definition :) Did you mean the Wikimedia movement in general? -- phoebe | talk 05:56, 27 November 2013 (UTC)

Final round candidates subject to community scrutiny?[edit]

Will the community have the ability to pose questions on-wiki to final round candidates and comment on their suitability? To preserve the privacy of the applicants, such a process can be conducted blind (as in, someone posts the relevant answers on-wiki on behalf of the candidates without names or identifying information.) MER-C (talk) 06:04, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

I wonder too. Biosthmors (talk) 23:33, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
So we did draw some of the interview questions from here, though the verbal in-person interviews don't lend themselves to ready transcription of the answers. (And people should still feel free to add questions to that list). There is a stage in the process for having candidates meet some community members, though I don't think the logistics are worked out yet. -- phoebe | talk 06:01, 27 November 2013 (UTC)
Added a few more questions, if still on time. --Tom (talk) 05:36, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

Page name[edit]

Hi all. Would anyone object if this page were moved to WMF Executive Director Transition Team (and similarly moving the subpages and the category)? Since there are a number of 'Wikimedia Executive Directors' now in the various Wikimedia organisations, it would be good to clarify that this refers to the WMF ED. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 20:12, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

I don't like when "WMF" is used in page titles. Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Transition Team, perhaps, though I wonder a bit if this is a solution in search of a problem. I'd prefer disambiguation and page moves only if necessary, not just in case there's a collision. --MZMcBride (talk) 22:42, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
+1 to what MZ said. Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 00:15, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
I just changed the text to reflect the 'Wikimedia Foundation' bit, in case it's unclear to future readers :) I don't care what we call it, as long as the links work -- such is the power of redirects! -- but I think the main challenge with pages like this is making sure that they are all linked together appropriately so that this info is findable from other pages about the WMF corporate operations. Project pages like this seem to get easily lost to history, especially since there's not obvious naming schema :( -- phoebe | talk 18:35, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

More regular status updates?[edit]

Could there be a status update posted somewhere monthly or fortnightly?

There are currently openings for Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director, VP of Engineering, and Chief Communications Officer, so people are hopefully paying more attention right now and might appreciate more regular status updates, even if the news is no news. :-) --MZMcBride (talk) 01:10, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

March?[edit]

I wonder if The Economist is right when it says "the foundation is expected to name a new boss in March". Perhaps that's just based on the semi-arbitrary Executive Director Transition Team/Timeline plan. Biosthmors (talk) 19:58, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Well, the article's author was certainly interviewing a few people who would know. Additional data point for you: the job description has been taken down. --MZMcBride (talk) 20:00, 9 March 2014 (UTC)