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RationalWiki:2015 board of trustees election/Nominations

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Nominations are open.

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 26, 2014)
  • 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 about once per quarter (or more often, as necessary), usually for two hours. Most of the business of board takes place over e-mail. Depending on the number of projects and the time of year board members should expect to spend a few hours a month reading, contributing and voting in these e-mail discussions.

Members do have certain powers and duties candidates should be aware of. Membership in the Board means being a corporate director of the RationalMedia 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 Operations Manager, 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 Operations Manager, 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 to the user name: (and preferably tell them afterwards)

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

To reject the nomination, indicate reject-ance and then sign next to your user name:

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]

You wouldn't have to. Addresses listed on the annual report are the RMF's business address. You'd need to disclose your name but depending on the order in which directors are listed, the New Mexico Secretary of State wouldn't list it online. Nutty Roux (talk) 20:49, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
Ah, OK. I see from your reply on the talk page that it doesn't matter if there aren't five candidates, so that removes my only reason for standing. BicyclewheelModerator 21:38, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

2015 board of trustees candidates[edit]

  1. David Gerard
  2. Stabby the Misanthrope
  3. Scream!!
  4. Tielec01
  5. Human
  6. ListenerX

Baring any last-minute candidates, this is it. Cømяade FυzzчCαтPøтαтø (talk/stalk) 03:56, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Sorry but why are you counting ListenerX's strange entry a "accept"? Scream!! (talk) 10:32, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
Re-read his entry. He posted it himself as a nomination of himself because he thinks it'll be a slam-dunk win since there is little viable competition. Noisemobile (talk) 10:45, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
Not to me: the word repeated throughout his "nomination" is "if". While accepting that self nomination is OK, I don't think that this qualifies as such. Furthermore at no stage of this entry is the word "accept". Scream!! (talk) 10:53, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
Well then, there is only one solution: I've asked LX to clarify what his post meant for us. In the meanwhile, I'd hazard to say he gave a very Minnesota-humorous response, so I don't blame you all for not getting it. It's not ridiculously cold where you are and you don't have the cabin fever flavor of humor that comes with it. Noisemobile (talk) 10:58, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
The way I read it he is nominating conditional on being elected unchallenged, i.e. 5 candidates for 5 positions. - π 03:43, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Noisemobile was very perceptive; my self-nomination was not conditional (even though the election will, with six candidates, follow more after the fashion of ancient Athens than Soviet Russia). According to the rules I automatically "accepted" my self-nomination by signing it. Mjollnir.svgListenerXTalkerX 04:04, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Great, we've got our list. When does the election proper begin? Cømяade FυzzчCαтPøтαтø (talk/stalk) 04:13, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

It gets done when it gets done. Calm down. I swear, recently here you've been all up in RW's kool aid. Merging every article in sight... all over every talk page... responding to every random butthurt fool who posts a gripe... just chill the fuck out. --Inquisitor (talk) 06:30, 29 January 2015 (UTC)