[Linux-aus] The "Crowd-Sourcing TBL" Fundraiser

Joshua Hesketh josh at nitrotech.org
Thu Feb 7 19:06:29 EST 2013

Hello AJ,

Thanks for the email, it's a good reminder of the balance that we need
to maintain as the council.

In this instance there was a certain amount of time pressure and as a
committee we were confident there would be all but unanimous support
from the community to proceed along the lines now outlined (see my other
email). Much of our discussion and delay was to ensure that we'd got all
the facts
(some of which are, I guess, sensitive/commercial in nature) were correct.

While I appreciate the thought of solving this on the public list I felt
that this it wouldn't be the most productive in this instance. Primarily
my platform is to enable members. Part of enabling our members is
ensuring that they are protected and covered. As such I feel that the
councils decision on this item is indeed enabling our members.


On 07/02/13 17:47, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On 7 February 2013 16:08, Joshua Hesketh <josh at nitrotech.org> wrote:
>> The council has already been in discussion of this matter since it was
>> first raised. We'll be announcing something very shortly, sorry for the
>> delay.
> With a new council in place, I'd like to suggest that decisions like
> this be raised and debated in public on this list (or at least
> detailed in public, so that debate and suggestions for improvements is
> at least possible) rather than just reviewed by the council before a
> final decision or announcement.
> As per Josh's platform for president -- "Linux Australia is a
> community and volunteer run organisation. The council exists to
> facilitate and enable its members (that is, you guys) to do cool and
> amazing things."
> I don't think that philosophy has any hope of working if the council
> members are in a privileged position, where their ideas get first
> consideration and worse, where the council's ideas don't have to face
> the same standards and challenges that members' ideas do (ie, public
> scrutiny beforehand). With those habits, I don't see how we can expect
> anything other than what we see: members ideas and proposals fail way
> more often than the council's, they're therefore proposed less often
> and with less energy behind them, and the council ends up having to do
> everything...
> Cheers,
> aj

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