[Linux-aus] Legal issues, minutes? [Was: State representation on the board]

Jeff Waugh jdub at perkypants.org
Sat Jan 10 15:52:02 UTC 2004

<quote who="Andrew Cowie">

> Jeff commented (with good humour) that "I don't like him" because he had
> commented to me that he didn't think the form[at] of the minutes I
> prepared was very good (well, he did do so in public without bothering to
> chat with me privately first about it, which I'll admit I do find
> distasteful).

Whether the solution was to 'fix' the minutes or write something else, what
I said still stands -> public information from the committee has either not
been available, or in a format that is difficult to digest. I didn't bother
to raise it with you privately, because this is meant to be a wide open
community and organisation, and it was not personal criticism. You have a
public role - that's what happens.

I think you may be taking the formality of the minutes a little bit too
seriously, but that is probably a result of your background more than
anything else. I haven't been involved with, or experienced, non-profit
community organisations with BoD-style see-your-face-polished minutes;
generally they don't have the same financial or legal responsibilities and
liabilities, and have a totally different organisational focus (community
vs. competition, openness vs. save-our-arses, etc).

But, whether they're published this way or not, the ideas/goals expressed by
yourself, Pia and Stewart for next year's improved communication have been
great. Much rocking to be had.


- Jeff

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