RationalWiki:2012 board of trustees election/Nominations

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Nominations are closed

This is the page to nominate potential board members and for nominees to accept or reject their nomination. In order for a user to be nominated they must meet certain requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be a registered user for 1 year or longer on RationalWiki (Registered by January 10th, 2011)
  • Have 250 edits or more
  • Have at least 1 edit in the last 3 months

The nomination procedure is easy. Any user may nominate any number of users who meet the requirements, including themselves, by placing the user name in the nominee section and informing that user on their talk page. No second is required. Each nominee must accept the nomination or else they will not be eligible during the election.

Nominees may accept a nomination by adding their signature to it. Those who wish to decline nominations should strikeout the nomination with a brief note. Likewise, ineligible nominations should also be struckout.

Nominees should also "accept" their nominations to indicate their presence and awareness of this grand scheme.


The Board meets at least once per quarter, usually for about two hours. The time demands are small, consisting mostly of hearing the Operations Manager's reports on the Foundation's finances and various projects and responding accordingly, approving budgets and assisting with and supervising fundraisers, and the like.

While the Foundation's resources and reach are still growing and only a limited amount of time is required to serve on the Board, members do have certain powers and duties candidates should be aware of. Membership in the Board means being a corporate director of the RationalWiki Foundation, Inc. In general, corporate directors exercise the highest level of management and control over a corporation and are ultimately responsible for its governance and welfare. They appoint and supervise the Chief Executive Officer (in this case the Operations Manager of the RationalWiki Foundation fills this role), have the final word on the corporation's purpose and goals and ensure that it has adequate resources to carry them out, ensure compliance with the corporation's legal and ethical obligations, approve major expenditures, and respond to significant changes of circumstance in a timely manner. In practice, their job is generally supervisory, as they delegate authority to carry out the corporation's needs to the COO, who in turn may delegate further authority to his or her staff.

Directors must also conduct themselves in good faith and the corporation's best interests; exercise due diligence, independent judgment, and skill; prudently manage the corporation's resources; and generally promote the success of the corporation. This is of course only a general description.


To nominate link the user name:

To accept the nomination, indicate acceptance and then sign next to your user name:

An example rejection:

Nominees are encouraged to read the guide for board of trustees election before accepting or rejecting a nomination.


This year there are 5 positions open for election.

List of nominees[edit]