RationalWiki:2016 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 26 June 2015)
  • 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.


With any luck, there will be 5 elected boardmembers.



  1. David Gerard — Accept David Gerard (talk) 19:36, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
  2. Human — Accept ħumanUser talk:Human 21:29, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
  3. FuzzyCatPotato — Accept, if only to spur people to run against me. FuzzyCatPotato!™ (talk/stalk) 03:08, 5 July 2016 (UTC)
  4. Owlman — Accepted unenthusiastically in order to give this election some choice.--Owlman (talk) (mail) 08:20, 10 July 2016 (UTC) 08:20, 10 July 2016 (UTC)
  5. Reverend Black Percy — I humbly accept my nomination, while continuing to explore what a board membership would entail and how it fits in to my role here. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 13:22, 6 July 2016 (UTC)
  6. Bongolian — Accept with some reluctance (I hate meetings). Bongolian (talk) 21:00, 5 July 2016 (UTC)
  7. Ipatrol — Nominating myself, since someone has to deal with this crap, and so far I don't see very many takers. --Ipatrol (talk) 09:44, 16 July 2016 (UTC) Ineligible. Less than 250 edits.
  8. Ikanreed — Accept, but nervously. Barely have my own life in order.
  9. CorruptUser — Hesitantly accept, not sure how useful I will be. CorruptUser (talk) 19:19, 17 July 2016 (UTC) (Dropped out on July 26th)

Pending (possibly goat)[edit]