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2019 Wikimédia France's contributor selected board seat process
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I'm not sure of what I have to list here, so I give the main timeline and basic informations about the process.

The process is an Approval voting: each voter should be able to approve as many candidates as he wishes. Approval is the unique type of ballot. The winner is the most-approved candidate.

Process timeline :

  • 10 September: Deadline for candidate submissions
  • 15 September: Deadline for Identification verification
  • 11-19 September: Questions and discussion between candidates and community
  • 20-30 September: Voting
  • 1-15 October: Vote-checking
  • 16 October: Goal for announcement of results

Requirements for voters:
You may vote from any one registered account you own on a Wikimedia wiki. You may only vote once, regardless of how many accounts you own. To qualify, this one account must:

  • not be blocked on more than one project;
  • and not be a bot;
  • and have made at least 300 edits before 20 August 2019 across Wikimedia wikis;
  • and have made at least 20 edits between 20 March 2019 and 20 August 2019.

Proposed action timeline:

  • before Sept 16: Nominations (no action needed here)
  • before Sept 16:
    • Designation of Scrutineers
    • Enabling access and giving special rights to scrutineers on votewiki?
  • Sept 16 - Sept 19 : Election setup:
    • Importing the list of eligible voters
    • Importing the list of candidates
    • Configuring the election on VoteWiki
    • Change the language of Votewiki to French (fr)
  • Sept 20 - Sept 30: Voting period (no action needed)
  • Oct 1 - Oct 15: Tallying the results
    • Change the language of Votewiki back to English (en)
    • Scrutineers run necessary checks to remove socks, etc.
    • Output is presented in one table that shows the candidates ranked by their support

Event Timeline

Thanks again for filing this. I'll just paste in the email I sent here for visibility:

Hello again Willie,

Thank you for opening the Phabricator task. I spoke about this with my team in the meanwhile, to work out if we have the bandwidth to assist with setting this up. We really appreciate you reaching out to us with ample lead time :)

Regrettably, it looks like we will not be able to help with this request at this time given the bandwidth required to set up these elections (and to properly vet the people who will be overseeing the election, since the nature of the tool means that requires the rights to see non-public identifying information). While the Foundation is striving towards a self-service version of votewiki to handle such requests from communities, this has yet to be developed in any meaningful sense. So unfortunately we are unable to assist in this case.

I'm sorry for the inconvenience that information causes here.

Per discussion via email (and repeated above) we are not currently in a position to support this election at this time. Hopefully we can support more community elections like this one down the road though. I'm very sorry to disappoint in this instance.