It may be appropriate here to copy a would-be post of mine to the Foundation-l mailing list, which is currently on hold for "moderation".
Will critics of less-than-best-practices within the Wikimedia Foundation be considered for invitation to the Wikimedia Research Committee, or is there some sort of loyalty "litmus test" going to be applied?
I've sent my self-nomination by private e-mail anyway, but I thought a public clarification of this question would be a helpful learning.
. And it drew two responses from "the Gerards". Here's my response, which won't likely get published:
Gerard M. says:
This is not about criticism but about research. With respect I have not seen
your research papers, I am not aware of your credentials that would make you
a choice to be considered for being part of a research committee.
Given that the work of the committee includes work on policies that have to
do with access to confidential data, it seems to me only natural that your
status as being banned from several Wikis is an other reason why you are
easily disqualified from participating in a research committee.
At that you have had your "test" several times and as a result you are a
Allow me to make you aware of my credentials, Gerard, since you asked "with respect".
I'm the Director of Market Research for a company valued at $52 billion. I've been making a living with market research for 18 years now.
One of my co-authored research papers was published in a scientific journal supplement:http://www.ajronline.org/cgi/data/183/3/DC1/1
I've written a white paper about research for public relations:http://www.icrsurvey.com/docs/MR%20for%20PR.doc
For the more casual reader, I've maintained an occasional blog on research since 2005:http://insidemr.blogspot.com/
And, I've conducted numerous informal but systematic research studies about Wikimedia properties:http://www.wikipediareview.com/Wikipedia_Vandalism_Studyhttp://toolserver.org/~mzmcbride/watcher/
(You'll have to ask around about that one.)http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Survey_about_Wikipedia
(Currently, a bit slow-going on the analysis, due to editing parameters imposed on the Wikiversity community by Jimmy Wales)
I am curious about this "access to confidential data" of which you speak. This presupposes that other members of the vast Wikimedia community do currently have access to this confidential data. Have they been vetted in some way that you can be assured that they won't do something with that data more monstrous than what I would ever do with such data? I'm trusted with confidential customer account data by a $52 billion company. Respectfully, how about you?
Meanwhile, D. Gerard says:
Trolling blogs probably isn't the best resume item, no. HTH!
Playing dress-up probably is an "interesting" resume item, no?http://tinyurl.com/david-gerard-wikipedia
Hope that helps!