Community Directors/Elections/2024/Nominations

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Your voice matters.

On this page, you could nominate your fellow wiki editors and community members to serve as Community Directors on WikiTide's Board of Directors. Nominations were open for two weeks and ended Wednesday, April 10.

Two individuals must nominate each nominee, but you may self-nominate. Nominees may accept the nomination, or choose to decline below. Individual users may ask questions of candidates, and publically endorse or oppose. However, voting does not happen on this page and will occur later via SecurePoll and a secret ballot.


Nominations[edit | edit source]

Agent Isai[edit | edit source]

  •  Nomination I nominate Agent Isai as a Community Director. Agent has been a director of WikiTide since the foundation's creation and currently serves as its President. This nomination should be self-explanatory. Agent also serves as a Steward, Trust and Safety Responder, and Site Reliability Engineer in addition to his duties as a Foundation Director, and is one of the most trusted people on this platform. I believe the community would welcome another term with Agent as a director. BrandonWM (talkcontributionsglobalrights) 21:20, 27 March 2024 (UTC)
     Second I second this nomination. We love club penguin man. ╚pixDeVl╝ (Talk Contributions CentralAuth) 21:30, 27 March 2024 (UTC)
  • Acceptance:  I accept. Thank you, BrandonWM, for your nomination, and PixDeVl for your second! I accept this nomination, and I certify that I meet the requirements to serve as a Community Director, including having a non-disclosure agreement. Below is my statement:
    As most of you may already know, I have the privilege of currently being on the Board of Directors and I serve as President of the WikiTide Foundation along with Deputy Director of Site Reliability Engineering. I also serve in many other volunteer positions, including Steward, Meta Administrator, and other roles. I would be very eager and pleased to continue serving in my Board roles, should the community agree as well.
    I was one of the first incorporators of the WikiTide Foundation and served as Treasurer until January when I transitioned to President. I am proud of all the accomplishments the Foundation has been able to achieve in less than a year of existence. When WikiTide existed as its own independent farm, I was able to steer it to financial and technical stability. At its prime, the farm was severely overprovisioned and achieved 1/3rd of Miraheze's computing power for 1/7th of the cost.
    I was absolutely delighted when the chance for WikiTide Foundation to help Miraheze was presented. Over the past three months, Miraheze has been propelled into a new era. We are in a place of stability, both tech-wise and financially. Gone are the days of being made fun of as the slow and fragile wiki farm which was about to go belly up at any moment because of the volatile nature of donations.
    Taking a peek over at Finance, the Foundation is in a place of true stability. Our Fundraiser this year, overseen by me, went fantastically! If we were to suddenly receive no donations for a year straight, we would still have enough to operate through 2026! We have already paid all services through 2025 and yet have a surplus that surpasses our best year in donations after a fundraiser.
    Our stronger finances have allowed us to upgrade from hardware that was old enough to get a drivers permit, to newer, more powerful, data center quality hardware that can not only keep up with Miraheze's growing demands but also gives us a lot of growing space. Most of our current servers have a regular CPU usage rate of <25% meaning our servers can accommodate a lot more growth if required. These extra resources have allowed us to also implement newer technologies such as Kafka and have, as promised in the Fundraiser, improved our loading speeds by tenfold. I'm sure we all enjoy the much faster loading speeds Miraheze has seen, and the better reliability that this new infrastructure has seen.
    If elected to the Board of Directors of WikiTide Foundation, I would continue to help Miraheze propel into this new age and improve much more. Board affairs can be ad hoc and this new Board of Directors has already reformed so many things (such as Trust and Safety, SRE organization, Board organization and officers, etc.) so I cannot definitively say "If I'm elected, I will reform X, address the grievances Y has caused, and do Z" but I can promise everyone that I will continue to help steer the Foundation in a manner that ensures the best for the Miraheze community. I really care about Miraheze (or else I wouldn't have devoted so many hours to it) and I want what's best for it. I want Miraheze to be a serious wiki farm that is no longer the laughingstock of the wiki world for being slow, fragile, and disorganized. We have so much history but the growing pains have been tremendous. I wish to help oversee Miraheze as it transitions from a farm seen as an informal, disorganized passion project to a serious non-profit public charity with firm foundations. I am confident that if elected, I can help Miraheze continue to grow and improve, and overall help to improve user satisfaction and trust/reliability in the farm.
    I look forward to answering any questions you may have. Agent Isai Talk to me! 03:31, 28 March 2024 (UTC)
  • Validation: Confirmed

Questions for Agent Isai[edit | edit source]

  1. This is a question I'm asking all candidates. Since there are 4 slots and 3 candidates, it's a formality, but this is a vital topic. Since Miraheze is in a strong position financially, now is a good time to start a concerted focus on DEI. DEI needs to be at the center of every decision any board member makes. What actions will you take to make sure diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is at the center of every decision made by the board? And thank you for helping to make this important service possible. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Angelyork (talkcontribs) 22:13, 13 April 2024
    @Angelyork: I won't go through and ask this question on all 3 candidates' pages, only here, but I'm unsure what you mean? From the past decisions delivered by the Board, I'm curious how you believe DEI should be implemented. BrandonWM (talkcontributionsglobalrights) 23:51, 13 April 2024 (UTC)
    My question is not a reflection on any past decisions in particular. -Angelyork
    @Angelyork: That's not what was meant to be said - it's rather how do you see it coming to fruition? I'd love for DEI to take a more active role too, but I don't see how that would work with Miraheze's framework. BrandonWM (talkcontributionsglobalrights) 00:10, 14 April 2024 (UTC)
    DEI can work with Miraheze's framework. In fact, it's built into the mission already. "powered by a non-profit whose mission is to serve you!" It's a matter of everyone putting the time in. I have decades of ideas about what that can mean, but it's more important to figure out together amongst committed volunteers what DEI means (as well as outside the community). How it can come to fruition is a lot of important, necessary, and ongoing work. The best answers aren't going to come from me. They're going to come from recognizing that this is an ongoing process. Now is a great time to start recognizing, learning about, and integrating DEI. (As an aside, I shared the link to DEI for purposes of defining the acronym, and was not specifically talking just about just the web accessibility component of DEI, which is where that link takes it. Stray thought: How aware are you of the various DEI critiques of Wikipedia? I don't know how much Miraheze culture overlaps or not with Wikipedia so this could be a dead end, but those conversations could be one starting place.) -Angelyork
    @Angelyork: I'm not entirely familiar with the critiques, you'll have to clarify. I'd recommend you hold these discussions in a venue such as Discord or IRC as they'll be much more active places and easier to respond. I assume the Board candidates will respond whenever able, but if you want to have the conversation with people aside from just them, please feel free in either of the above mentioned venues (or even on the Community portal). BrandonWM (talkcontributionsglobalrights) 01:29, 14 April 2024 (UTC)
    @Angelyork: I rather think that the Board (of 3 people) would be more than happy to make sure there is diversity within the board and within Miraheze, but that requires that someone from a diverse background volunteers, builds a good reputation, and get's nominated/self-nominates to any role like these three have done. The Board can't change the diversity within the volunteers landscape, if no one volunteers, nor get's nominated. Don't you agree?  Kind regards,   Rodejong   💬 Talk ✉️ Email  📝 Edits   Auth →  01:33, 14 April 2024 (UTC)
    Thank you both for your interest in this topic. I am not here to do your job for you. I am here to ask the board members what actions they as leaders are going to do to prioritize DEI. There should never be one holder of DEI information anyway. That's not how it works. It's on everyone who is or will be a committed volunteer to prioritize creating that space together.
    If you work together, you can do this. If you think DEI is an impossible task, then it will be. If you limit DEI to your understanding of what you think it might mean today, that will also limit you. I have supported organizations in doing a 180° turnaround to become more welcoming environments. But not alone. If you work together, you can do this, too.
    If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again. Keep asking questions. Then find your own answers. Then ask more question, Learn, grow, keep searching. You can do this. Angelyork
    @Angelyork: Addendum: There is also a factor of "fear of men" ("men" as in humans) Someone might be gay, transgender, or hetrosexual, black, caucasian, suffering from any form of disability, and so on, and not wanting the world to know about it. Maybe one of the board members, admins, or other volunteer fits the description of having a diverse background but just does not want to talk about it. We are all volunteers. We serve the community in the best of our abilities.
     Kind regards,   Rodejong   💬 Talk ✉️ Email  📝 Edits   Auth →  02:05, 14 April 2024 (UTC)
    That is almost certainly true (statistically speaking) and does not negate anything I said. I don't have any idea what the board demographics are anyway. DEI is about a lot a lot more than just who is on the board. Kind regards, Angelyork
    Oh, one last PS. Another good starting place can be to review what you as individuals and as a community are already doing well re DEI.
    I am not a candidate nor do I represent them, however frankly I believe DEI as a specific framework is a non priority when Miraheze takes any volunteer it can get which is living and competent regardless of background and is actively developing the platform in basic efficiency which still has a ways to go. DEI seems to be a luxury to focus on when the everyday running of the farm takes the full volunteering time of those involved: financial solvency in no way alleviates the operations shortage. I'm not particularly familiar with Wikipedia's internal culture so I could not compare. However if you can suggest specific actionable steps to take that are reasonable to implement I have no doubt the board would consider them especially if they would either appear to an interested audience for hosting or for volunteering (even steps to integrate in as development takes place to get the right idea baked in earlier), and that would be the best possible way to promote all three in this circumstance. --raidarr (💬) 08:45, 14 April 2024 (UTC)

Discussion[edit | edit source]

Note: Nominations are closed, so seconds have no effect. Also votes are not counted here, instead taking place on SecurePoll as provided by policy.

  1.  Second I support this too. Agent has been a steady hand, calm, precise and often available for users with questions.  Kind regards,   Rodejong   💬 Talk ✉️ Email  📝 Edits   Auth →  20:57, 4 April 2024 (UTC)
  2.  Second I support this nomination. I agree with Rodejong --Orsetto Lavatore mh:meta:Special:CentralAuth/Rodejong(talmh:meta:Special:CentralAuth/Rodejongk) 15:35, 6 April 2024 (UTC)
  3.  Oppose I oppose this nomination. Agent's behavior on April fools day indicated to me that he does not take his role at Miraheze seriously, and that he treats this website as his own personal boys' club. I don't think Agent fully understands that trust in Miraheze was already low, given the past year of turbulence, so even more turbulence on this website would just be par for the course. Until Agent indicates that he sees Miraheze as a platform that is open to all, and not just his personal playground, I cannot support this nomination. Tofu.tofu.tofu (talk) 15:12, 14 April 2024 (UTC)
    @Tofu.tofu.tofu: (Speaking from a personal point of view) Who says that @Agent was the instigator of the April Fools question? Why couldn't it be an admin or another steward? Granted, Agent is often seen as the "proverbial face" of Miraheze. But he doesn't decide things on his own. There is a board and other trusted volunteers. In fact. It takes a lot of volunteers to make that happen.  Kind regards,   Rodejong   💬 Talk ✉️ Email  📝 Edits   Auth →  19:36, 14 April 2024 (UTC)

NotAracham[edit | edit source]

 Nomination I nominate NotAracham as a Community Director. Since his arrival on Miraheze, NotAracham has served the community as a Steward and WikiTide Foundation director, with the touch and grace necessary and is now a valuable member of this community. Miraheze wouldn't be where it is today without NotAracham. He has served as the Board's secretary since its creation and has executed the job excellently. I fully believe the community will welcome the opportunity for NotAracham to serve on the Board for another term. BrandonWM (talkcontributionsglobalrights) 21:20, 27 March 2024 (UTC)

 Second I second this nomination. I was gonna make a joke with the acronym N/A but nothing I came up with seems applicable. ╚pixDeVl╝ (Talk Contributions CentralAuth) 21:30, 27 March 2024 (UTC)
  • Acceptance:  Accept I accept the nomination, and I meet the requirements to serve as a Community Director. I have signed an Non-Disclosure Agreement. I initially joined Miraheze when it was suggested as an alternative over FANDOM for a new project I wanted to create, and, while I had planned a short-term stint to simply finish the project, I was fascinated by the ethos of the platform that reflected my own beliefs so strongly - a platform provided as a public good, to democratize the process of documenting knowledge without gatekeeping. That ethos led me to devote an increasing amount of my free time and I'm proud to be part of this new era of a stable, well-funded Miraheze. Should the community see fit to elect me, I would be thrilled to continue on my service as a director of the WikiTide foundation. --NotAracham (talkcontribsglobal) 16:07, 28 March 2024 (UTC)
  • Validation: Confirmed

Questions for NotAracham[edit | edit source]

  1. This is a question I'm asking all candidates. Since there are 4 slots and 3 candidates, it's a formality, but this is a vital topic. Since Miraheze is in a strong position financially, now is a good time to start a concerted focus on DEI. DEI needs to be at the center of every decision any board member makes. What actions will you take to make sure diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is at the center of every decision made by the board? And thank you for helping to make this important service possible. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Angelyork (talkcontribs) 22:13, 13 April 2024
    Thanks for being the first to ask a question of candidates! I'm currently occupied with IRL obligations but will return to this tomorrow and provide my response. --NotAracham (talkcontribsglobal) 02:44, 14 April 2024 (UTC)
    Again, thanks for posing this question. I'm proud that the Miraheze/WikiTide Foundation of today supports such plethora of diverse wiki projects and community affiliations/identities and I'll continue to draft and support policies that further this welcoming environment going forward. As example of prior work, there were loopholes identified in content policy which allowed for proliferation of hate speech under the guise of humor/satire, for which I created an successful RfF to close this gap, with input and assistance from my fellow nominees.
    Additionally, now that we've reached a financially-stable state and have moved past immediate technical stability challenges, I'd also like to take a look at where we are currently succeeding and stumbling as a service when it comes to web accessibility standards. While this can easily be overlooked when priority for years has been narrowly-focused on survival, if we want to be a home for as many worthy projects as possible, removing barriers to access is an equally worthy goal.
    Beyond that, there are certain practical limitations given that we remain an online-first organization with both limited funds and volunteer time available to the Foundation -- Our efforts must be right-sized to what we can do well with those limited resources while respecting local custom and law regarding sensitive personal information. As a first step, I've considered launching an anonymous, opt-in volunteer survey to understand where we currently stand demographically, though some extra thought around EU law especially would be needed before that could be launched.
    As this is a topic you've brought up previously in other venues, I'd also encourage you to let us know when you see areas in which we could be doing more that may be invisible to us -- we are volunteers with our own inherent cognitive biases and won't always get everything right. The board[at]wikitide.org alias is always open to those who have feedback to provide.
    --NotAracham (talkcontribsglobal) 17:54, 14 April 2024 (UTC)

Discussion[edit | edit source]

Reception123[edit | edit source]

 Nomination I nominate Reception123 as a Community Director. How do I start this one? Reception is one of the founding users on this platform, being a Meta administrator since 2015 and a Steward since 2022. He has served without failure, and has the community's unequivocal trust. I, nor a countless number of other users, would be where we are today without him. His guidance has been a voice of reason in chaotic times (namely, the shutdown of Miraheze last year), and I believe the community would welcome his voice as Miraheze enters its next stage of growth. BrandonWM (talkcontributionsglobalrights) 21:20, 27 March 2024 (UTC)

 Second I second this nomination. I'm sure there will be warm reception by the community! ╚pixDeVl╝ (Talk Contributions CentralAuth) 21:30, 27 March 2024 (UTC)
  • Acceptance:  Accept I accept the nomination, and I meet the requirements to serve as a Community Director. I have signed an Non-Disclosure Agreement. Thank you very much for this nomination! Agent has already extensively covered the background with WikiTide so I don't think it'd make sense if I went through that again. As most of you know, I've been around since Miraheze's inception with one hiatus and currently I am a Steward, SRE and Director. I would be honored to be given the opportunity to continue my work on the Board and bring my experience at Miraheze to the table in order to continue to improve the project for everyone and continue the transition into a more serious and organised wikifarm. Reception123 (talk) (C) 11:38, 28 March 2024 (UTC)
  • Validation: Confirmed

Questions for Reception123[edit | edit source]

  1. This is a question I'm asking all candidates. Since there are 4 slots and 3 candidates, it's a formality, but this is a vital topic. Since Miraheze is in a strong position financially, now is a good time to start a concerted focus on DEI. DEI needs to be at the center of every decision any board member makes. What actions will you take to make sure diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging is at the center of every decision made by the board? And thank you for helping to make this important service possible. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Angelyork (talkcontribs) 22:13, 13 April 2024

Discussion[edit | edit source]

  1.  Second I support this nomination. Reception123 is very active and very helpful to the community. -- Kourouklides (talk) 15:12, 9 April 2024 (UTC)

DeeM28[edit | edit source]