[Linux-aus] Candidacy Support Statement - President or Ordinary Council Member

Brent Wallis brent.wallis at gmail.com
Sun Dec 11 10:54:52 AEDT 2016


On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 12:56 PM, Anthony Towns <aj at erisian.com.au> wrote:

> <snip>

> Well, Kathy has presented a plan for some time now that suggests going
> significantly towards the "pay" side of that equation: the "Inflection
> Point" doc answered that unequivocally:
>    Should the organisation hire paid staff and/or outsource some
> initiatives?
>    Yes. Although the measures outlined above will help to increase the
>    Volunteer capability and capacity available, it still won’t be
>    enough to undertake growth and advancement activities.
> Paying people to do things that we traditionally have volunteers do isn't
> innately a bad idea; if not for hiring an event organiser lca2014 would
> not have happened, for instance.
AJ has raised an important point.

I was dubious of the "Inflection Point" discussion in the beginning but
after a re-read and the time in between it's clear to me that:

- Most points raised have become self evident since the document was first
- The author has remained consistently dedicated to their belief and
strategy outlined in that document and very willing to have that tested in
the public forum.
- There has been no concrete alternatives offered that I am aware of.

Yes... Kathy "has presented a plan for some time now"
It has been open to debate for quite a long time (3 years or was it 2? ).

Kathy has professionally and IMHO successfully prosecuted the case for such
changes ..and done so over an extended period.
Dedication such as that speaks for itself and to me clearly demonstrates
motivations of passion for the right outcome.

It seems clear to me that there is no other way for LA to prosper in the
long term.


> > - I trust others smarter than I to research, report and implement.
> And if that's the case, well, Kathy did two out of three of those a
> year ago, and continues to propose to do the third.
> (I'm still curious why the council hasn't already gone further forward
> with this; I assume Kathy tried to get the quote executed sometime in
> the last six months, but there aren't any minutes since June that I can
> see that might document any concerns, and I haven't seen any hints at
> discomfort with the approach from anyone else that might've presented
> a blocker)
> > I'm going to suggest something a little radical perhaps too - is it worth
> > convening an actual real-time conversation (say teleconference) to kick
> some
> > of these things over amongst interested folk.  Email can at times be a
> blunt
> > instrument ?
> I don't really see the point of that; I spent about three days
> thinking about what I wanted to say in my previous mail, and a good
> twenty-four... uh, thirty-six hours or so now for this one and the
> next. In particular, that included doing a bit of web searching and
> delving through my archives to try to ensure I'm not talking completely
> out of the wrong orifice... So real-time conversation really doesn't seem
> like an advantage, unless, I guess, the goal is for me to say something
> (even) stupid(er)?
> Cheers,
> aj
> [0] At least until Rusty finishes the lightning network, and bitcoin
>     becomes a practical and cheap payment method, and we get an open
>     source API to money in general as a side effect.
> [1] I'd much rather applaud the LCA2017 team developing their own
>     improved conference registration system [2] and consider that approach
>     [3] the normal, expected, recommended and generally ideal approach
>     for LA teams to take when they want improvements...
> [2] https://github.com/lca2017/registrasion
>     https://chris.neugebauer.id.au/2016/04/27/introducing-registrasion/
> [3] AIUI, this was funded by two PSF grants totalling about $10k USD:
>     https://www.python.org/psf/records/board/minutes/2016-02-
> 08/#new-business
>     https://www.python.org/psf/records/board/minutes/2016-05-
> 10/#new-business
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