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Jimmy Wales Resigns Chair at Wikipedia 71

Posted by Zonk
from the curious dept.
user24 writes "As reported by Wikipedia's Signpost ezine, 'The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees has moved forward with a step in restructuring the organization by reorganizing itself. Following a planning retreat in Frankfurt, Jimmy Wales stepped down as Chair of the board, and Florence Nibart-Devouard was chosen to replace him ... Wales, meanwhile, will continue to serve on the board and assume the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus. He will remain active in Wikimedia projects, but chose to pass on the responsibility of heading the board, due in part to his commitments to outside projects.'"
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Jimmy Wales Resigns Chair at Wikipedia

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 04, 2006 @03:38AM (#16713867)
    Why is this on slashdot?

    The Wikimedia board only meets a couple of times a year... the chair hardly does any work. The reason for the change is that Florence whines a lot (take a look at the video from Wikimania 2006 for her childish behavior during the public board panel) at giving her a better title might just shut her up.

    In any case, Wales is still a board member.. This wasn't a change of consequence to anyone outside the board. Not news.. and it doesn't matter.
  • by h2g2bob (948006) on Saturday November 04, 2006 @12:51PM (#16716583) Homepage
    Wikimedia Foundation **Press release** (rather than some random Wikipedia edit) is here:

    http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases /Wikimedia_Foundation_board_reorganised [wikimediafoundation.org]

    `` Jimmy Wales said: "I nominated Florence to be the Chair of the Foundation in recognition of her outstanding service for the past few years and her unsurpassed passion for our goals. Having such a trusted community representative elected as our new chair demonstrates the growth and strength of our organization." ''

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