His latest gambit relates to the "Executive Director's Letter to Donors"
I won't trouble to rehearse here why these ideas, however well-supported they may be, are not suitable for the Foundation. What I do want to comment on is the expert nature of his trolling. All his ideas resonate well with the generally left-leaning bias of the volunteers and the staff. They resonate particulrly well with Katherine's personal politics. The hardware issue is a nice exaggeration of the WMF's anti-NSA stance into realms that are just plausible enough to gain support with the community, but ludicrous and ruinously impractical to execute. In short, James is mocking the biasses of Wikimedians and forcing the WMF to explain in public why they should not do things that they personally want to do.James Salsman wrote:I propose that the Executive Director ask donors to support other organizations which are working for free college, single payer universal health care, shorter work weeks, payroll subsidies, and two-bracket taxation.
I believe all of these goals are favored by wikimedians, for wikimedians, I predict at around 80% for the least popular. If there is any question I ask that a statistically robust and significant survey of the question among community and staff be conducted with the urgency commensurate that work in these areas deserves.
Well played, James!