[Linux-aus] Nomination for Council Member / Treasurer

Tennessee Leeuwenburg tleeuwenburg at gmail.com
Thu Dec 18 11:25:19 EST 2014

I'm not aware of the details of the allegation of hostility, it's a bit
hard to people unaware of what you are referring to to judge your claim.
Without that evidence, it sounds like you might be drawing a bit of a long
bow here.

That said, the amount of information on the candidates is, in many cases,
virtually nil. Only those with direct experience working with or
interacting with the candidates can really judge their appropriateness for
a particular position. I presume this me result in very low voter turnout,
an the organisation being essentially run by a smaller group 'in the know'.
I think that's not ideal.

If the resources were there to support it, I think it would be far better
if there were clearer candidate information available, including any
organisational affiliations being declared. On the other hand, many people
will be applying for the role in their individual capacity and not wish to
be particularly strongly associated with their employer. We are all more
than what we do at work, and for many I would expect that working with LA
would be a welcome opportunity to pursue something independent from their
salary source.

If there's a specific substantive concern here, I would suggest perhaps the
details are relevant and maybe there is some room for a discussion.
However, nothing that anyone has said so far raises serious alarm bells for
me. I definitely don't think anyone has acted against the spirit of the

In my view, each candidate should have the opportunity to fill in a
pro-forma statement form, leading to about a one-page overview of their
qualifications and background. I do not anticipate that there are
sufficient resources to make this a reality.

Which leads to an even bigger question: to what degree should LA invest in
its administrative overheads, and how should that funding be supplied?
Nothing happens without cost. Also, would LA risk moving away from being a
grassroots organisation if it did increase its status? Do its members want

On 18 December 2014 at 10:06, Steve Walsh <steve at nerdvana.org.au> wrote:
>  Hi David
> On 12/18/2014 08:15 AM, David Williams wrote:
> Yes, that's me!
> I find that your failure to disclose your affiliation with a media
> organisation that has a long history of hostility towards the organisation
> in your nomination statement a bit concerning. I'm sure you'd understand
> that those of us who have interactions with various employees of the
> publication might take such an oversight like this, as accidental as it
> might be, in an unfortunately negative light.
> Perhaps it might be worthwhile for the council in 2015 (whoever that might
> be) to kick off a discussion on the policy on the relevant list and/or
> lists with the intent to require any members standing for council election
> to disclose organisational affiliation?
> regards
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Tennessee Leeuwenburg
"Don't believe everything you think"
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