[Osmf-talk] Eligibility to vote for Wikipedia Foundation

Peter Miller peter.miller at itoworld.com
Mon Aug 10 13:36:26 UTC 2009


On 10 Aug 2009, at 14:13, Tom Hughes wrote:

> On 10/08/09 11:22, Peter Miller wrote:
>
>> Fyi, I have just be emailed to say that I can vote to the Wikipedia
>> Foundation Board of Trustees. I have never given them any money and
>> have never consciously signed up to any foundation. I would strongly
>> support a move to this sort of membership before the 2010 OSMF AGM.
>
> I'm not sure that is possible - the foundation is a Company Limited  
> by Guarantee as defined by the UK Companies Act. As such only those  
> people who are members of the company may vote for the directors of  
> the foundation (which is what the board is in law).
>
> The question would therefore be whether it is possible to make  
> membership free so that all contributors meeting certain criteria  
> can be deemed to be members.
>
> I suspect the problem with that will be question of the financial  
> guarantee that backs the limited liability status - currently that  
> guarantee is provided by the membership fees I believe. In other  
> cases of Companies Limited by Guarantee that I have seen it was done  
> by members agreeing to pay a small amount (one pound) if the company  
> went bust but there does need to be some sort of guarantee as I  
> understand things.
>

Thanks Tom,

Possibly the foundation might like to respond to this at to these  
points to which I would have thought it should be possibly to find  
answers.




Regards,



Peter


> Tom
>
> -- 
> Tom Hughes (tom at compton.nu)
> http://www.compton.nu/





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