The pro forma statement bout what a chapter is is valuable, but I think many of us kinda
got the idea that the problem was not the starting point (otherwise why electing him?) but
came later. It's possible that someone else with more community experience would have
never behaved such way, but that's speculation.
Statistically, in this scenario this lack of community view probably did not help.
Whatever his skills in "management and conflict resolution" were, even assuming
they were correctly stated based on previous expertise in other fields, they were not the
best ones to handle the conflicts that later emerged. Also, considering the resolution we
see now, which is not a great resolution.
The point is that in all these disputes (I think about Brazil few months ago) it looks
like the AffCom position sounds like "you are both wrong". Now, this is never a
healthy long-term strategy. If it occurs again, it gives more and more the idea that
whoever is in the less correct position can hold still because if the matter arrives to
the AffCom everybody pays equally. I am sure the situation is more multifaceted, but
let's try to grasp the general vibe here.
This is not wise. King Solomon solved the issue bluffing and spotting the real mother, he
never actually cut the baby in two halves ... But wisdom comes also with experience.
Il giovedì 11 ottobre 2018, 15:43:01 CEST, GoEthe.wiki <goethe.wiki(a)gmail.com> ha
Apologies, I probably explained myself poorly. I never said that a chapter
is a representative of the Wikimedia community, rather I was trying to
explain that João’s claimed experience (emphasis on claimed) in management
and conflict resolution was a major factor in him being elected to the
Board. At the time, WMPT thought that that could be very valuable to the
chapter. So, we agree, a heterogeneous board is absolutely an advantage,
but in this case the issue was not one of diversity, but rather of
competence and alignment to the movement goals and principles.
In practice, he did not contribute to the management of the chapter, and he
was not prepared to an increase of the chapter activities. He very quickly
started demonstrating uneasiness with any procedural decision he did not
personally vet (which are imperative in volunteer-based, collaborative
projects), and soon after, without any previous warning, started sending
legal threats going as far as using a lawyer to intimidate one of our most
active members on behalf of WMPT (without discussing it with anyone
beforehand), and resigned.
We have no intention to expose João even more in this public mailing list,
so we will not provide a comprehensive list of the problems we found with
his term on the board. But to make it clear, when this whole issue began to
be addressed, even though we did not ask him to stay on the Board, we did
invite him to continue on the chapter, working with us, as AffCom can
confirm. Just not in any role with legal responsibilities.
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