Miznah Al Nasser

Mizna al-Nassar, Miznah Fayez AlNasser, or Muzna Al-Nassar (مزنة النصار) (Oct. 10, 1988 – ) is a female runner from Saudi Arabia. (6) She won the “first Saudi marathon for women” in al-Ahsa (a 3K race), placed in several regional competitions, and was expected to represent Saudi Arabia in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Saudi Arabia’s “first marathon for women”

In 2018 Mizna won the ‘Al Ahsa Runs’ competition in Al Ahsa, eastern Saudi Arabia, beating competitors from the US and Taiwan, and finishing the 3km race in 15 minutes.(1) This race was billed as the historic “Saudi Arabia’s first marathon for women”. The race was expected to attract 1500 participants, but when more than 2,000 had registered in the first few hours, the registrations were closed. (12)(13)  Many women ran the race in traditional Islamic attire, covered from head to toe in black polyester abayas.(15)

Regional competitions

Mizna also represented the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the Islamic solidarity games at Baku Azerbaijan in 2017 (3), and in 2018 at the Arab games for Women at Sharjah, a race established by Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohamed Al Qasimi after the popularity of the al-Ahsa race became evident. (4) In the Baku competition, Muzna Al-Nassar finished sixth and last in the first qualifier for the 800m race with a time of 02.39.41, however she broke the Saudi time for the 800m. (3)  At the Arab Women’s championship in Sharja she won fourth place, then participated in the Asian games in Jakarta. 

Here she is in sixth place in the 2018 Jakarta qualifiers, screenshots from video on FB:

 

In the sixth tournament of women’s sports of the Cooperation Council, in Kuwait, she won a silver medal for the 5000 m and bronze for 10,000 m. (8)

Personal life

Mizna is an engineer. (1) Or perhaps a graphic designer. (2)(5) Or perhaps a graphic engineer. (9) She is an Aramco employee and on the speakers bureau at Kaust for the 2018 winter enrichment program. (14)

Mizna started training in 2014 and hoped to represent KSA in the 2020 Olympics. (5)(7)

As a child, she enjoyed football, taekwando, and took up track at the University of Florida. (8) She took up football in elementary school at Aramco in Dhahran.  When they moved to Tokyo she studied taekwondo. In Vienna she played on the girls’ baseball team and rode horses. It was in Florida that she participated in running, but she started competing with the al-Joud team, running races in Dhahran with Saudi Aramco, starting in 2014. (10)(14)

Sources

The Jana Magazine” The Saudi “Al Arabiya.net” website published a television report on Muzna Al-Nassar:  (11)

Authority control

World Athletics: https://www.worldathletics.org/athletes/saudi-arabia/miznah-fayez-alnassar-14853923

Elisabeth Sanxay Holding: the godmother of noir

“She’s the top suspense writer of them all.” -Raymond Chandler

Summer reading continues…

Genre fiction can be fun, especially if it illuminates some otherwise inaccessible place and time. But let’s face it, Sax Rohmer’s viewpoint on Jews, and Rex Stout’s viewpoints on women, can grow tedious very quickly.  (See GD’s reading lists with links to full texts: Sax Rohmer; Rex Stout)

So it was with great interest that I read in a review of  Elizabeth Sax Rohmer’s mystery novel, Bianca in Black that: “If Elisabeth Sanxay Holding and Sax Rohmer and Cornell Woolrich wrote a book together, it would be this book.”

Elisabeth Sanxay WHO?

Wikipedia will tell you the bare bones: that Elisabeth Sanxay Holding (also “Elizabeth Sanxay Holding”) started out as a romance writer, and after the stock market crash of 1929 turned to detective fiction, which paid better.

Leave it to a fiction fan to tell us what we really want to know, that Elisabeth Sanxay Holding “was just as pivotal in the development of noir as a distinct literary genre” as James M. Cain and Cornell Woolrich, whoever they are. This reviewer recommends four novels:

  • The Blank Wall (1947) “best, undoubtedly, is the masterpiece” “Lucia Holley doesn’t stop being Lucia Holley after the dead body shows up. She has to tend to her children, run her house, take care of an elderly parent, pine for her absent husband—all the while trying to negotiate with blackmailers and dodge the cops who are looking into the Darby murder.” [Film Adaptation “The Reckless Moment” in 1949; adapted again into the 2001 “The Deep End” starring Tilda Swinton.]
  • The Innocent Mrs. Duff.  “Like much of her work, it assumes the perspective of a hateful alcoholic with a gut full of whiskey and head full of bad ideas. Jacob Duff ..is getting tired of his much younger trophy wife. He concocts a plan to run her off by framing her for adultery, but when it doesn’t work he starts hatching plans to get rid of her permanently.You want to see how a great writer portrays the mind of a thoroughly repellant human being? Check out what Holding does with Jacob Duff. “He glanced at her across the table,” she writes of their breakfast one morning. “She’s beautiful, he thought with distaste.”
  • Net Of Cobwebs (1945) “tells a truly bizarre tale of a war vet with shaky nerves who becomes convinced that he’s murdered his domineering elderly aunt.”
  • Dark Power—”Think your family is bad? Diana Leonard has a manipulative, nutjob psychologist for an aunt, a sadistic weirdo for an uncle, and a self-hating drunk for a cousin. Part mystery, part gothic horror novel…”

Here is a list of her novels from Wikipedia. I’ll post the links to full text as if I find them. But honestly, there isn’t really a lot of the noir stuff available, just the earlier novels, which just glancing over them, don’t really seem that bad.  Maybe add some of the cover art, the earlier stuff is sometimes remarked on.

List of works:

Adult

Romances

Detective

  • Miasma (1929)
  • Dark Power (1930)
  • The Death Wish (1934)
  • The Unfinished Crime (1935)
  • The Strange Crime in Bermuda (1937)
  • The Obstinate Murderer (1938) (also published as No Harm Intended
  • The Girl Who Had To Die (1940)
  • Who’s Afraid? (1940) (also published’ as Trial By Murder)
  • Speak of the Devil (1941)
  • Kill Joy (1942) (also published as Murder is a Kill-Joy) https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100819182
  • Lady Killer (1942)
  • The Old Battle Ax (1943)
  • Net of Cobwebs (1945)
  • The Innocent Mrs. Duff (1946)
  • The Blank Wall (1947) (reprinted by Persephone Books)
  • Too Many Bottles (1951) (also published as The Party Was the Pay-Off)
  • The Virgin Huntress (1951)
  • Widow’s Mite (1953)

Children’s

  • Miss Kelly (1947)

NOT in Wikipedia:

Short stories

Foreign language editions (none with full text):

  • Miasma (Spanish) (search inside only) Google-books.
  • Miasmes (French) (no preview) GBooks.
  • La pared vacía (Spanish – The blank wall) (no preview) G-books
  • Una barriera di vuoto (Italian- the blank wall) (no preview) G-books
  • Il figlio della vedova Gbooks
  • Uno strano caso alle Bermuda  (Italian) GBooks
  • Nido de arañas, (Spanish – Net of Cobwebs) Gbooks
  • Niewinna pani Duff (Polish – The innocent Mrs. Duff)
  • Czysta sprawa (Polish)

Authority control

Here’s one of the film adaptations (Reckless Moment) of The Blank Wall (part 1 of 6), some nice scenes with vintage vehicles driving around LA in 1949 :

Pegasus Project

“Who is reporting on the reporters?”
-moi

Nearly 200 journalists around the world have had their phones hacked with “Pegasus” spyware meant to catch criminals.

An investigation into the surveillance has been done by Pegasus Project, led by a French based non-profit Forbidden Stories with data from Amnesty International. The results are being released today, by multiple news outlets.

What is Wikipedia doing?  Anything? Or are they only interested in the U.S. elections.

If “Who is watching the watchers” is a perennial question, is anyone asking “Who is reporting on the reporters”?

Because where do “reliable sources” come from?  Journalists, amirite? But who is recording the history of journalism, the journalists killed or imprisoned, the awards for reporting on dangerous topics? This is how you confer “notability” on a subject, and facilitate the writing of articles about them that might lead to their release.

Who is reporting on the reporters?

For one, the Newseum used to have a wall, a “Journalists Memorial”, with more than 1,800 names of journalists killed while investigating the news. From time to time there are also tributes to photographers, for instance the “Requiem” traveling exhibition, a memorial to the 135 photojournalists in Vietnam who did not survive, which you can still see in the War Remnants Museum in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City.

Someone ought to start looking over the information on this that will be probably be coming out in dribbles over the next week or so, and pull out any names that should have articles. And considering what is going on with the China projects (see China, Wikipedia, and Safety), this might not be the best time to use your real name, or to go on doxing expeditions.

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UPDATE

Kind of a weird title, but whatevs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Pegasus_revelations

Nero Wolfe files

Speaking of Ira, I may as well just leave this here.

Our Counselor Matetsky, btw, is now writing for the Baker Street Irregulars. Looks like he won a prize for best article in The Baker Street Journal. https://bakerstreetirregulars.com/2020/04/20/2019-morley-montgomery-award/  Ooo la la, “membership is by invitation only”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Baker_Street_Irregulars

Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series may still be in copyright, the printed word, that is, but you can listen to them on the Internet Archive.

Wait, wait, here are a few online, so at least you can get a taste for the writing. Probably one of those Canadian sites with the short copyright terms. https://arounddate.com/rex-stout-nero-wolfe-three-doors-to-death/ Here is the index page: https://arounddate.com/category/books/stout-rex/

Audio files: https://archive.org/details/OTRR_New_Adventures_of_Nero_Wolfe_Singles

1 Stamped For Murder 29:48
2 The Care Worn Cuff 29:42
3 Dear Dead Lady 29:43
4 Careless Cleaner 29:44
5 Beautiful Archer 29:39
6 The Brave Rabbit 29:49
7 The Impolite Corpse 29:04
8 The Girl Who Cried Wolfe 29:24
9 The Slaughtered Santas 29:30
10 The Bashful Body 29:29
11 Deadly Sell-Out 29:11
12 Killer Cards 28:53
13 Calculated Risk 28:36
14 Phantom Fingers 28:56
15 Vanishing Shells 28:48
16 Party For Death 29:08
17 Malevolent Medic 29:48
18 The Hasty Will 29:28
19 Disappearing Diamonds 28:46
20 Midnight Ride 28:52
21 The Final Page 29:19
22 The Tell-Tale Ribbon 29:23
23 A Slight Case Of Perjury 28:53
24 The Lost Heir 29:24
25 Room 304 29:23

 

Another one, commercials and all: https://archive.org/details/NeroWolfe

1 461215 The Missing Book 29:29
2 501020 Stamped for Murder 29:46
3 501027 Case Of The Careworn Cuff 29:46
4 501103 Dear Dead Lady 29:36
5 501117 The Careless Cleaner 29:46
6 501124 The Beautiful Archer 29:29
7 501201 The Brave Rabbit 29:39
8 501208 The Impolite Corpse 28:54
9 501215 The Girl Who Cried Wolfe 29:15
10 501222 The Slaughtered Santas 28:45

 

This one has 23 recordings, not gonna list them. https://archive.org/details/Nero_Wolfe

 

Wikiqube?

What on earth is this?  It looks like some kind of site scraped from Wikipedia.

I’m not going to link directly, here it is in the Wayback Machine:

Why would they be interested in New York Brad?  And in Portuguese?

Here is the main page, it seems to be in Croatian. With “Knowledge Cube” in English

 

China, Wikipedia, and safety

[H/T Tarantino]

Is it safe to edit Wikipedia?

We know Bassel Khartabil was a Wikipedian, and was killed. We know Loujain al-Hathloul was active in the movement, and was tortured in prison. We know that one of Jimbo’s “Wikipedian of the Year” awards was given “in pectore” in 2015, because naming the person would put them in danger. How many more are there?

Case in point, China. Here are the links.

“A group of Hong Kong Wikipedia editors have convened an urgent meeting and shared guidelines to prevent doxxing, after users from mainland China allegedly threatened to report the group to the city’s national security police. Representatives from the group told HKFP they are hoping to seek assistance from the Wikimedia Foundation after a meeting.”

“Screenshots allegedly taken from a QQ chat group of mainland Wikipedia editors showed that a user under the handle “Walter Grassroot” threatened to report members of the Wikimedia Community User Group Hong Kong (WMHKG) to the Hong Kong national security police hotline….”

One member of the Wikimedians of Mainland China (WMC) user group who was involved in the chat about reporting Hong Kong users has top-level editor positions on Wikipedia, including Administrator, Bureaucrat and Oversight status. However, they did not express explicit support or disapproval to the proposition in the chat, the Hong Kong users said.

“Cheung and Chan said they are concerned that the user may be able to triangulate real identities of Hong Kong users using such high level permissions, although the person in question would not have direct access to personal data, such as users’ IP addresses. Such access was revoked from the Chinese edition by the Foundation in 2018 after data was leaked, they said.”

Oh, and this is kind of hard to puzzle out the English, but it looks like the Chinese language mailing list was disbanded, and someone is trying to get it reinstated, with all the original email addresses. https://lists.wikimedia.org/hyperkitty/list/wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org/message/J7KXXQLKO3FMXXKPTVOAGYEOPN3BNVOM/

Here are the Facebook links:

But how bad is this really.  Are they in danger?

In 2013, “China has around two million people” monitoring the internet.  How many do you suppose they have now?  https://www.cnn.com/2013/10/07/world/asia/china-internet-monitors/index.html

Since mainland China took possession of Hong Kong, there have been a few kidnappings: people disappeared off the streets of Hong Kong and reappeared in a China prison.

But let’s just back up for a moment.  What was that again? “One member of the Wikimedians of Mainland China (WMC) user group who was involved in the chat about reporting Hong Kong users has top-level editor positions on Wikipedia, including Administrator, Bureaucrat and Oversight status.

They have blocked Wikipedia in their own country, but are still trusted Wikipedia insiders.

The person is not named, but shall we take a guess? And as a former member of arbcom (January 2013 – December 2014) would this person not have checkuser and oversight bits as well?   Of course admins do have some limited capability to read IPs, and rumor has it this one has been sniffing all the IPs from countries bordering China for years. And from a safe perch in a grad school inside the USA.  Someone else can look for the odd recusals, the cryptic talk page messages, the former user name with the edits to a certain prominent secondary school in China patronized by children of China’s ruling elites — heavily edited by IP’s, of course. But the word is, there was also some kind of formal complaint about these IP shopping expeditions years ago, recommended by a WMF staffer,  and after a series of delays, the matter was eventually kicked back to the English arbcom.  Yeah, sure the proper venue for investigating checkuser abuse is by one’s peers in the arbcom.  But no, blocking the Chinese Wikipedia from China doesn’t matter, blocking checkuser for Chinese Wikipedia doesn’t matter. Not if the government has a highly placed mole who has been looking inside Wikipedia for years, doing fishing expeditions from inside the U.S., and with a direct pipeline to the ruling families in China.  All they have to do is check the global contributions and look at the IP’s on en.wiki.

Elizabeth Sax Rohmer

“I made my name on Fu Manchu because I know nothing about the Chinese.” –Sax Rohmer

Elizabeth Sax Rohmer or Rose Elizabeth (Knox) Ward (1886–1979), born Rose Elizabeth Knox, was a mystery novelist and screenplay writer. She was the author of the mystery novel Bianca in Black and co-author of Master of Villainy: A Biography of Sax Rohmer.  She was a frequent contributor to the Sax Rohmer Society’s official publication The Rohmer Review .  She also wrote some short fiction pieces, mostly lost, and was a writer for television, including credits for the TV movie adaptation of “The Adventures of Fu Manchu: The Zayat Kiss“.

She was married to Arthur Sarsfield Ward, better known as the pulp fiction writer Sax Rohmer, who wrote the unintentionally camp Fu Manchu series.

Below left:  Elizabeth Sax Rohmer with Christopher Lee as Dr. Fu Manchu; Right: Sax and Rose (Elizabeth) Rohmer in 1939.

Writing career

Elizabeth wrote the short stories “Spikey” (1924) and ”‘arker” (1932) under the name Lisbeth Knox. There may have been more.

She wrote a number of radio and television scripts with her husband under the name Elizabeth Sax Rohmer. These have been lost.

She was a frequent contributor to The Rohmer Review from its beginning in 1968 until her death. The last issue of the magazine in 1981 (No. 18) carried a tribute to her.

She started writing a biography of her husband, Sax Rohmer, then contacted his personal secretary, Cay Van Ash, to help her finish it. Guess which one has a Wikipedia article. Guess which one has a listing on LOC.

Bianca in Black

Her only novel, the mystery Bianca in Black (1958), was published the year before her husband’s death. At the time, her husband was in poor health, in a lengthy court case over his literary rights, and short of cash. The book was published by Thomas Bouregy’s Mystery House in the U.S. and Ryerson Press in Canada. Four years later, Airmont published a paperback edition. There has also been an Italian edition.

Elizabeth was credited on the back of the book as the daughter of Sax Rohmer, although she was his wife. Some claim she was a psychic, others that she and her husband made use of a ouija board to select their pseudonyms, and that she later grew tired of his experiments into spiritualism and the occult. The book has some of the recurring themes of the dead influencing the living that are found in some of Sax Rohmer’s writings.  The female protagonist also happens to be a gypsy, could this offer some clue into Elisabeth’s family background and why there is literally zero information available about it — no names of parents for example, just the brothers who were known from the stage.

Works

Personal life

Elizabeth was born into a family of music hall entertainers, and was the daughter of a singer, or possibly a well-known comedian, whose name has not been recorded.  She worked as a juggler in a stage act with her brother Billy.  Billy was a member of a juggling group, The Cromwells, with brother Chinko (Thomas CromwellKnox). Another brother, Teddy Knox (Albert Edward Cromwell Knox ) was part of the team Nervo & Knox, and later became famous as one of The Crazy Ganga group of British writers who influenced British comedy from The Goon Show to Monty Python.

In 1909 she married Arthur Sarsfield Ward (Sax Rohmer), and they kept the marriage a secret for two years. Arthur continued to live with his father and Rose with her brother. They met in 1905.

In 1910, after their marriage, they moved to 51 Herne Hill, where they lived with Arthur’s father Bill . The first three Fu Manchu novels, published between 1913 and 1917, were written there.  In 1915 Arthur joined the Artists’ Rifles, and was sent for training to Gidea Park, Essex, in the north east of London.  Every other week was spent at home, and on the alternate weeks, wives and girlfriends would meet up near the training camp. Elizabeth was there on Sept. 2 1916, when they both witnessed the shooting down of a Zeppelin with German airmen on board, as she recorded in Master of Villainy: A Biography of Sax Rohmer.  In 1919 they moved to Bruton Street, Mayfair. After World War II they moved to New York, but returned to London shortly before Arthur’s death in 1959.

She is buried in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, London.

See also

Authority control

Unfortunately nothing, although she is a documented author in both WorldCat and LOC.

Moar Fu

If you want to re-read some Fu Manchu, quite a few have been digitized, but it seems like there were more titles a few years ago, back when e-readers first came out. This is an old trick, to republish classics with a new preface, and a fresh copyright, so the old ones are harder to search for.

Wikipedia has a list of works by Sax Rohmer, the fiction titles are unfortunately all lumped together. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_works_by_Sax_Rohmer There’s another list at https://www.orderofbooks.com/authors/sax-rohmer/

Here are a few fairly clean scans from Internet Archive to get you started. In general, the Fu Manchu titles are better than the others, the earlier titles are better than the post-WWII titles. Anything with Egypt in it is a plus, (rather than China); Rohmer actually visited Egypt.

You can still read for free (no doubt you can discover more on Google-books):

Non-fiction

Graaf’s fake lawyer impersonator

I was looking over some of the material for Wikimania 2021 when I came across this profile. It looked oddly familiar. Now where have I seen this before.

This is Lionel Scheepmans, a real Wikipedian who is active on the French Wikipedia: https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Lionel_Scheepmans

Profile: “Son of a laborer father and an independent mother, I was born in Nivelles in January 1969 to join a humanity witch is already doubled to staffing since my birthday….”

This is “Ing Lionel Scheepman”, who Graaf refers to as “the colonel” and who acted as Graaf’s lawyer in his unsuccessful ban appeal. http://en.gravatar.com/matrooslionel  https://archive.is/wip/AnOMI

Profile: “Son of a laborer father and an independent mother, I was born in Nivelles in January 1971 to join a humanity witch is already doubled to staffing since my birthday. …These studies began with flyfishing and beertasting, …with a master’s degree in wine drinking…

Looks like impersonation to me.  I wonder if the real Lionel Scheepmans knows about this.

The “colonel” has commented on several threads here: “Where is Abd?”, “Genderdesk spammed with harmful information about COVID-19“, and “Graaf tests the new ban appeal process“.  Now someone is going to have to (✅ Done.) go over all those old comments.

He lists his website as groetenuiteerbeek.wordpress.com:

…which WordPress informs us has been suspended for violation of Terms of Service.

Maybe it was the brothels?

 

Or were there sexualized images of children, as the Twitter account.

Genderdesk had its own problems with Goetenuiteerbeek, which Flipjesland was later redirected to, (see comments on “Larson indicted“)  which is why all the Dutch IPs  now go straight in the trash here. (See “Graaf poops … again.“)

Here is the roster for Flipjesland

So who are these people?

The first one is “Graaf Statler”. nl.everybodywiki.com/Graaf_Statler This article has a list of previous accounts, including his first account here, where he signs as “Martin Vleeskruijer aka martin55 “.  What’s this — “Vleeskruijer” is auto-translated as “meat crusher”.

Kolonel Zeiksnor (“The Colonel”): https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overleg_gebruiker:Kolonel_Zeiksnor What a lot of socks. https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Checklijst_langdurig_structureel_vandalisme/Die_vandaal

“Dr Rudy Willems” — another Kolonel Zeiksnor sock:  https://radar.avrotros.nl/forum/aandelenlease-oudere-topics-f7/dexia-verslechterd-onze-economie-t20902-s20.html#p216240 A long rant by “Dr Rudy Willems” against “one-sided inappropriate pranks“.

Johannes van Schaik: Twitter Johannes van Schaik@schai723 No idea, but seems to speak Dutch.  Perhaps another childish prank or impersonation.

 

Org charts

There is a new discussion about organizational charts on the mailing list. https://lists.wikimedia.org/hyperkitty/list/wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org/thread/DURUHZ3WN7QBQSXWLUVU7ZRLDWHV42X2/

We at genderdesk love organizational charts. As they say, one picture is worth a thousand words. That does not necessarily mean they are correct, after all a thousand words may be worthless, but we still like them.

Here is the suggested organizational chart from the mailing list that was predicted will emerge from the ongoing Strategy initiative. The second chart is updated with added projects, based on thread comments about the need to incorporate projects into the predicted hierarchy.
  

This is kind of odd really, the updated chart shows the projects as an offshoot of tech, or maybe engineering, not sure if there is any difference. This might explain though why they always look for a technical rather than an organizational solution to every social problem. It also might explain ACTRIAL, and why so many of these initiatives are hostile, or even disastrous to actual editors, in particular newbies.

Here at Genderdesk, we have our own statistics department, presided over by our Shy Twin, so we went over there and asked about these charts. She pointed out that these charts are deceiving in their appearance, since they are basically tall images, but the structure they depict, if you untwist the drawing, is actually a flat hierarchy.


So, basically, there is no organization in existence that has no hierarchy at all. If a hierarchy is not defined, one will emerge, it will just be undocumented. Some say an informal or dynamic hierarchy is based on knowledge and experience. Others say it is based on ability to network and balance competing stakeholders, and that leadership will devolve on those with skill as facilitators and coordinators. This will not go down well with those who have a background in a traditional male stronghold, like the military, or medicine, where leadership is based on rigid authoritarianism or brute force. Those who are used to such a milieu may be unable to identify real, or effective leadership, even when it is staring them in the face.

This is supposed to be what Google looks like. I’m including this since Wikipediocracy seems to be a combination of ex-military, with some flaming thrown in from someone who works in Google security, plus occasional theory from an ex-UK government bureaucrat.

So we asked our own statistics department to come up with an organizational chart that shows the current WMF food chain, including projects, along with predictions about future, post-Strategy structure.

Here is the current official Genderdesk WMF organizational chart, as envisioned by our Shy Twin.

For the future structure, see the “informal hierarchy” illustration at the top of the page.  Organizational charts can show only the official channels, the unofficial channels being the most important, and how the work is actually accomplished.

This of course assumes the actual work to be building an encyclopedia, rather than the possibly more cynical observation, I believe by wbm1058, that the WMF is only a non-profit in the same sense as a hospital that is a non-profit, the legal structure may be not-for-profit, but the main goal is still fundraising, and the only departments that will end up being funded, and even expanded, are the ones that are accomplishing this fundraising goal.