As many of you know, three seats on the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees are up for re-election. The polls will close in about 6 hours. I was elected last year to replace Angela Beesley mid-term, so my term lasted only 9 months. I’ve written a summary of my experience here; my main candidate statement is here. I would like to continue the work I have started and would appreciate your support. I have also endorsed Kat Walsh and Oscar van Dillen, whose seats are also up for re-election; I would be honored to continue to serve alongside them.
Whether you support me and the other incumbents or not, I would also like you to consider voting for the following people (you can vote for as many people as you like):
- Kim Bruning – a biologist and software programmer with strong experience as a community mediator and analyst. Full disclosure: I am working with Kim on the OmegaWiki project. This has also allowed me to get to know him personally and understand the way he thinks; while I found his candidate statement this year somewhat weak, I would encourage you to specifically take a look at his Q&A page. If you want someone on the Board who cares deeply about the community and who is likely to bring innovation and change, please consider voting for Kim.
- Michael Snow – a lawyer and long-time Wikipedian who started the Wikipedia Signpost and chairs the Communications Committee. He has worked directly with the Board on many occasions and would complement the Board’s skills well with his own. He will take clear positions but defend them in a calm and reasonable fashion. If you want less wiki-drama and more legal expertise on the Board-level, consider voting for Michael.
- Steve Dunlop (UninvitedCompany) – a manager and musician who also stood in last year’s election. His frustration with progress in WMF and the state of the organization shine through his presentation and Q&A; I think the general direction he recommends is the right one, but his views are colored by an unavoidable information deficit. I disagree with his belief that projects like Wikisource and Wikinews should be “spun off” into separate organizations and consider his views on non-profit governance a little too traditionalist; at the same time, I would value this additional voice at the Board table. If you want someone who will shake things up a little and push for structural and organizational changes, consider voting for Steve.
- Yann Forget – a free software advocate who has worked in progressive non-profits for more than a decade. I have not a shred of doubt about his passion, honesty and integrity. Those who want someone with deep community roots and a strong commitment to progressive values on the Board who will speak his mind openly should consider voting for Yann.
These are the candidates I feel comfortable supporting; I will not comment on the remaining ones. If you are qualified to vote and haven’t done so, please log into your “home Wikimedia project” and visit the “Special:Boardvote” page that should be linked from the sitenotice.