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The election ended 21 June 2008. No more votes will be accepted.
The results were announced on 26 June 2008.
2008-er Waahle zom Föshtand

De 2008-er Wahle för et {lang|en|Board of Trustees}} — de Förshtänd fun de Wikimedija Shteftung senn zwesche em Eetste Juuni un em 21-te Juuni diß Johr. Metmaacher en de Jemeinschaffte fon de Wikkis fun de Wikkimedia Shtefftong han de Schangß eine fon de Kandidate ze wähle. Dä odder sei weed för ein Johr jewäält, un dat löüf beß em Juli 2009. Dat {lang|en|Board of Trustees}} is de letzte Entscheidungsdrääjer för de Wikimedia Foundation — de Wikkimededija Shtefftong, noh'm Raaäsch fun Florrida, em Ammiland_en jemeinnözejje Ojannisazjohn. Se sez och en Florrida. De Wikkimeediaj Shtefftong bedriif en [[Template:Sisterprojects|Aanzahl ongescheedlijje Projäkte] wi de Wikkipedija un de Wikkimedija Commons.

De Waahle weede afjeseschert affjehallde över ene ßööver fun de Software in the Public Interest. Shteme sin jehäijm, un nur de paa Männeke di de Wahle proofe un övverwaache künnte eruß krijje, wää wi afjeshtemmp hät. (Dat Afshtemmongssüßteem iß ävver noch nit beshtäätesch woode)

All Uhrzigge em zosammehang met dä Wahle wäde op de Zigkzohn fon Greenwich, also de Weltuhrzigk 0:00 UTC betrocke. Dat eß wäje d Sommezick 2 Shund un 0 Menotte henger em Rhingland.

Enfomazjone för de Affschtemmer[edit]

Wat Ühr nüüdesch hatt[edit]

You may vote from any one registered account you own on a Wikimedia wiki (you may only vote once, regardless of how many accounts you own). To qualify, this one account must:

  • not be blocked; and
  • not be a bot; and
  • have made at least 600 edits before 01 March 2008 on that wiki (edits on several wikis cannot be combined); and
  • have made at least 50 edits between 01 January and 29 May 2008 on that wiki.

Special exceptions: the following may vote regardless of the above requirements:

  • Wikimedia server administrators with shell access;
  • paid staff of the Wikimedia Foundation who started working at the office before 01 March 2008;
  • current or former members of the Board of Trustees.

Wi mer wääle deijt[edit]

If you are eligible to vote:

  1. Read the candidate presentations and decide which candidates you will support.
  2. Go to the wiki page "Special:Boardvote" on one wiki you qualify to vote from. For example, if you are most active on the wiki meta.wikimedia.org/, go to meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Boardvote.
  3. Follow the instructions on that page.

Enformazzjohne för de Kandidaate[edit]

De Füürshtänd ier Oppjave[edit]

The Board of Trustees is generally responsible for:

  • determining mission, goals, long-term plans and high level policies of the Foundation and its projects;
  • selecting the Executive Director (who oversees day-to-day operations), and evaluating their performance;
  • ensuring the sustainability of the organization by defining a number of independent revenue sources;
  • communicating Foundation direction and activities to the community;
  • providing oversight to staff with regard to accounting, budgeting, and programs;
  • maintaining legal and ethical integrity;
  • recruiting and orienting new Board members.

Within the Board, specific positions with additional responsibilities (such as the Chair, the Executive Secretary, and the Treasurer) are defined in the Wikimedia bylaws and elected annually by and from the Board.

The responsibilities of the Board do not include:

  • interfering in day-to-day operations, except in emergencies;
  • setting project-level editorial policies;
  • resolving basic community disputes;
  • volunteering in specific areas of regular organizational work.

Responsibilities as member of the Board[edit]

Being a Board member of a small organization like the Wikimedia Foundation, which faces immense challenges, can be time-consuming. The position is voluntary and unpaid. While board members are not expected to bring personal money to the organisation, they are welcome to help raise funds.

Board members are expected to attend at least 3–4 meetings per year in person, attend Wikimania (our annual conference), and attend other scheduled online meetings and votes. The Board communicates intensively via e-mail, wiki, and IRC. Individual trustees sometimes participate in strategic meetings with other organizations and companies, relaying results back to Board and staff.

Individual board members are expected to be involved in certain activities (such as fundraising, Wikimania, or auditing) and to help draft policies, charters and resolutions on such topics.

The ideal Board of Trustees has a mix of different skills: it is composed of big picture thinkers and leaders, non-profit veterans with accounting or legal experience, fund raising experts, and public figures. It is culturally diverse, mirroring the diversity found in the Foundation's project communities. It takes corporate governance seriously while inspiring staff to strive for ambitious but realistic long-term goals.

The role of a Board member is not always the most exciting or most rewarding position imaginable. Much of their work goes unnoticed; some of it is highly confidential, and some purely administrative. On the other hand, it is a unique opportunity to make a difference in one of the most culturally significant organizations on the planet.

Because Board members owe duties by virtue of their position, candidates who currently hold paid positions with the Wikimedia Foundation must resign from those position before they can be appointed to the Board of Trustees. This is to avoid potential conflicts of interests.

Domet De kandideere kannß[edit]

To be eligible as a candidate, you must:

  • have made at least 600 edits before 01 January 2008 on any one registered account on one wiki (edits across several wikis cannot be combined); and
  • have made at least 50 edits between 01 January and 01 June 2008 on that wiki; and
  • publicly disclose your real name in your candidate presentation (because the identities of Board members are a matter of public record, it is not possible to hold a position on the Board of Trustees anonymously or under a pseudonym); and
  • be at least 18 years old and of legal age in your home country.
Special exceptions: current members of the Board of Trustees may be candidates regardless of the above requirements.

How to submit your candidacy[edit]

If you are eligible, you can submit your candidacy by doing the following:

  1. Write a brief summary of no more than 1200 characters stating what you would do if you were elected to the Board of Trustees, your relevant opinions and experience, and anything else you think is relevant. You may not use your candidate summary to link to lists of endorsements or other platform pages, and may not run on a slate with other candidates.
  2. Submit your summary between 00:00, 08 May 2008 (UTC) and 23:59, 22 May 2008 (UTC). After 22 May, it cannot be changed except for minor corrections or translation. Any additions submitted after this deadline will be time-stamped and presented separately from the original summary, and will only be presented to voters if they get translated into all of the same languages as the original summary.
  3. Submit proof of your identity to Cary Bass (Volunteer Coordinator) before 29 May 2008. You will be privately contacted by a member of the Election Committee with further information about meeting this requirement when you list yourself as a candidate.

Candidates who fail to comply with the above requirements and deadlines will be disqualified.



  • 01–31 Mei 2008 — Eetze Övversäzonge; et Ongerkomitee koodineet un proppajeet Översäzzonge.
  • 08–22 Mei 2008 — Kandidate könne förjeschaare wääde.
  •   29 Mei 2008 — Letzte Daach för Kandidaate, ier Ääshheit pröfe ze lohße. Wä zo shpäät kütt, weed disquallifizeet.
  • 01–21 Juuni 2008 — Affshtemmong.
  • 22–23 Juuni 2008 — Ußzälle.
  •   26 Juuni 2008 — Bekanntmachong fom Äjeepneß.


Ön sescher ze shtelle dat Fertredder fun alle Sekzjohne fun de jruuße Wikimedia Jemeinschaff aan dänne Waahle deijlnämme, doh ess_et weshtesh — en e beßje lößtesh jesaat — de Wahlproppajanda un de Proppajanda för de Wahl en esu fill wi mooshlesch Shprooche ze ävversäze. Derwääje joohrt op dä Sigk translation page noh!