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[Wikimedia-l] Bylaw proposal on term limits
Hi all,

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is considering an amendment to
the Bylaws to add term limits and adjust the term lengths. You can see the
proposed change here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_bylaws/June_2015_-_Term_Limits

Please share your comments on the talk page. The proposal will be available
for two weeks before the Board votes on the amendment.

Best,
Stephen

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Bylaw proposal on term limits [ In reply to ]
Thank you, Stephen.

Some context: the Board recently discussed ways to update its composition
and selection processes. In March, there was a Meta discussion about this:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_of_Trustees/Thinking_about_the_WMF_Board_composition

Topics discussed and agreed upon by the board in recent months:
* Changing term lengths to 3 years
* Setting a term limit of 6 consecutive years

Topics still under consideration:
* Changing board size to 9 or 11 members
* Selection processes: including the process for appointments & a standing
election committee

Many of these will involve a change to the Bylaws, such as the one below.

Sam

On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 5:03 PM, Stephen LaPorte <slaporte@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is considering an amendment to
> the Bylaws to add term limits and adjust the term lengths. You can see the
> proposed change here:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_bylaws/June_2015_-_Term_Limits
>
> Please share your comments on the talk page. The proposal will be available
> for two weeks before the Board votes on the amendment.
>
> Best,
> Stephen
>
> --
> Stephen LaPorte
> Legal Counsel
> Wikimedia Foundation
>
> *NOTICE: As an attorney for the Wikimedia Foundation, for legal and ethical
> reasons, I cannot give legal advice to, or serve as a lawyer for, community
> members, volunteers, or staff members in their personal capacity. For more
> on what this means, please see our legal disclaimer
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Legal_Disclaimer>.*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Bylaw proposal on term limits [ In reply to ]
Hi, while all this sounds not bad I am wondering what the reasoning behind
the extention of the time serving would be, as well if one wants to limit
the number of terms what good a waiting time would do to break this limit
again.

Rupert
On Jun 23, 2015 2:51 AM, "Samuel Klein" <sj@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Thank you, Stephen.
>
> Some context: the Board recently discussed ways to update its composition
> and selection processes. In March, there was a Meta discussion about this:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_of_Trustees/Thinking_about_the_WMF_Board_composition
>
> Topics discussed and agreed upon by the board in recent months:
> * Changing term lengths to 3 years
> * Setting a term limit of 6 consecutive years
>
> Topics still under consideration:
> * Changing board size to 9 or 11 members
> * Selection processes: including the process for appointments & a standing
> election committee
>
> Many of these will involve a change to the Bylaws, such as the one below.
>
> Sam
>
> On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 5:03 PM, Stephen LaPorte <slaporte@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is considering an amendment to
> > the Bylaws to add term limits and adjust the term lengths. You can see
> the
> > proposed change here:
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_bylaws/June_2015_-_Term_Limits
> >
> > Please share your comments on the talk page. The proposal will be
> available
> > for two weeks before the Board votes on the amendment.
> >
> > Best,
> > Stephen
> >
> > --
> > Stephen LaPorte
> > Legal Counsel
> > Wikimedia Foundation
> >
> > *NOTICE: As an attorney for the Wikimedia Foundation, for legal and
> ethical
> > reasons, I cannot give legal advice to, or serve as a lawyer for,
> community
> > members, volunteers, or staff members in their personal capacity. For
> more
> > on what this means, please see our legal disclaimer
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Legal_Disclaimer>.*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Bylaw proposal on term limits [ In reply to ]
On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 10:06 AM, rupert THURNER <rupert.thurner@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi, while all this sounds not bad I am wondering what the reasoning behind
> the extention of the time serving would be, as well if one wants to limit
> the number of terms what good a waiting time would do to break this limit
> again.
>
> Rupert
>

Let's keep all discussion on the talk page. I posted your comment there.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_bylaws/June_2015_-_Term_Limits
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