Procedural issues: was [oclug] Nomination: Dave O'Neill
linuxdoctor at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 2 13:07:08 EDT 2001
--- On Friday 30 March 2001 14:35, Andrew Hutton wrote:
> > Are you implying that politicians are the only people able to
> > to a society? I'm not sure you understand what the board is for.
> You seem
> > to be confusing commities with the board. The board is
> responsible for
> > administrative issues, committee will be formed to handle
> contributions and
> > organization and those are open to any of the membership. The
> board is
> > there because we require a board to operate.
I think perhaps it's you Andrew who might not understand. I've been
on several Boards of Directors of both Community organizations as
well as private ones. They are always political. Whenever you get a
group of people together, even those who ostensibly have similar
goals, the various different approaches and opinions of each will
always surface. These differences might cause difficulties.
How these differences are resolved (or not resolved as the case may
be) is called politics. There will be people who come to the board
with outside ambitions and agendas; there will be those who will have
undeclared conflicts of interest; there will be those who are there
to feed their egos. And there are those who will be there for truly
altruistic reasons. There isn't a single board of directors that I
have been on or an organization that I have worked with where this
has not been the case.
Don't think that we as an organization are so special as to be immune
to this all too human failing. There will be politics on the board.
There will be politics in the committees. We can't avoid it. We can
only hope that there will be a spirit of cooperation on the board and
the committees so that the politics are congenial rather than
P.S. Vote for Francis, the Linux Doctor(tm).
"A lot of people are rushing in [to Open Source] ... These people say 'I'm an open source advocate' but they're actually not. They just want to get rich quick ... and that could pervert the revolution."
-- Eric Allman
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