Wikimedia Foundation elections/Board elections/2020/Questions

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Previous years[edit]

In 2017, the Election Committee submitted ten questions to the candidates for the Board of Trustees:

  1. Why should you be a board member?
  2. Community influence on the board
  3. Potential conflicts of interest
  4. Diversity of the board / movement
  5. Public policy and political stance
  6. Priorities during your tenure
  7. Removal of members
  8. Size and scope of the Foundation
  9. Wikimedia as a global movement
  10. Building trust

In 2017, there were 45 questions submitted by the community to candidates for the Board of Trustees.

Submissions for 2020[edit]

Please submit questions for the 2020 elections below:

Proposal to amend bylaws regarding Founder's seat vacancy[edit]

The current bylaws, section 3 (F) reads as follows:

Community Founder Trustee Position. The Board may appoint Jimmy Wales as Community Founder Trustee for a three-year term. The Board may reappoint Wales as Community Founder Trustee for successive three-year terms (without a term limit). In the event that Wales is not appointed as Community Founder Trustee, the position will remain vacant, and the Board shall not fill the vacancy.

I propose amending the bylaws such that if Jimbo is unwilling, unable, or unavailable to fill the position, that it convert to a community elected seat. In fact given the significance of the position, I would propose that it convert to two community elected seats.

Just to clarify, I have no desire for the Founder's seat to become vacant. It merely occurred to me that it would be a Bad if the board were to shrink in such a fashion, losing such a critical voice for the Community. Alsee (talk) 20:45, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

Why were FDC elections not held in May 2019?[edit]

Wikimedia Foundation elections/FDC elections states that "The next community elections will be held in May 2019." They were not. Why not? Please see also here.

Do you believe that the Board and Staff upheld their responsibilities sufficiently in neglecting to hold FDC elections?

How would you restore accountability to the Foundation's funds dissemination processes? EllenCT (talk) 21:57, 31 October 2019 (UTC)

Delegation of policy-making authority[edit]

The Board of Trustees' foundation:Resolution:Delegation of policy-making authority of December 13, 2016 delegated the Board's authority to adopt, alter, and revoke policies to the Executive Director and her staff. Do you believe that resolution has tended to support the readership? And the community? Why or why not? EllenCT (talk) 20:28, 3 November 2019 (UTC)

Alignment with community[edit]

Of the ten items on the 2019 Community Wishlist chosen in late 2018, only one had been marked done and three were in progress as of late November 2019. At this stage, the previous wishlists had 5, 4, and 6 of their top ten wishes completed.

(A) How do you propose to insure that Foundation efforts are aligned with the community in (1) technology and product development, (2) preventing harassment, (3) advocacy, and (4) access to resources? (B) How many Community technology and product development Wishlist items should the Foundation accomplish each year? (C) Should the Wishlist process be expanded to community health, advocacy, and contributor resource availability (e.g., Wikipedia Library subscriptions)? EllenCT (talk) 01:35, 30 November 2019 (UTC)

Pay ratio[edit]

What is the appropriate ratio of the median of the annual total compensation of all employees to the annual total compensation of the chief executive officer for the Foundation? EllenCT (talk) 03:24, 29 November 2019 (UTC)

Economic philosophy[edit]

Please compare and contrast these statements by Michael Dell and his co-panelists with this statement by Nick Hanauer. In relation to the two, how would you describe your personal economic philosophy? EllenCT (talk) 05:38, 9 December 2019 (UTC)

Political philosophy[edit]

Please take the PolitiScales quiz and upload the graphic showing your eight scores, and post it as a thumbnail in response to this question. EllenCT (talk) 05:38, 9 December 2019 (UTC)

I extremely strongly object to any candidate for the board answering questions about their personal political views which don't relate to Wikimedia. --Yair rand (talk) 07:46, 9 December 2019 (UTC)
Which of the scales do think do and don't relate to Wikimedia? EllenCT (talk) 17:13, 9 December 2019 (UTC)
None of them relate to Wikimedia. Wikimedia doesn't get involved in political affairs, except in very limited situations where things can directly threaten the projects. The potentially relevant areas are: Laws dealing with intermediary liability (which affect whether it's possible for the WMF to host open wikis), copyright law (upon which much of our content is possible), government censorship of our projects (either direct censorship of our projects or complete restrictions on internet access), and online privacy/anonymity (without which contributing would be impossible for many of our users). --Yair rand (talk) 07:09, 11 December 2019 (UTC)
None? Can you imagine a strict anti-constructionist ("essentialist") supporting collaborative writing? Candidates' theories of justice relate to where they might stand on enforcement of the Terms of Service. I want the ability to vote for internationalists and against nationalists in electing the governance of any NGO, and I can't believe you wouldn't want anyone to have that advantage. Is there any reason to believe that voters informed by these facets of candidates personalities' won't make better decisions in casting their ballots? I'm only slightly inclined to agree, though, because self-reporting in aggregates is potentially subject to gaming. The advantages of allowing voluntary answers outweigh the drawbacks by a lot. Where I would draw the line is closer to asking for disclosure of big-5 traits -- some of them like contentiousness and openness to experience should be disclosed, and I'd love ask candidates to voluntarily characterize those aspects of themselves. In such cases, though, most everyone will report that they are contentious (so you have to derive that from how well they answer all the other questions, among other means) and few people will admit to being neurotic. It's like asking people whether they're above average. While most everyone is in some way, the fact remains that way more than half say they are (which is reasonable if the average is the median and you count all the dead people, but I digress.) I think the political scales represent very similar and at least somewhat overlapping information, and I doubt there are many aspects of people's discretionary choices, involving the Foundation or otherwise, that don't correspond to at least half of them. EllenCT (talk) 08:10, 12 December 2019 (UTC)