[Foundation-l] Board statement regarding biographies of living people

Domas Mituzas midom.lists at gmail.com
Thu Apr 30 17:02:18 UTC 2009


Sorry for late answer - I visited the offline world (it had awesome  
mountains with snowcaps, sky-blue oceans and tulip fields ;-)

> So, the "community" is urged to do this work at the request of the  
> Board,
> but the
> Board itself is going to do virtually nothing (other than this  
> collection of
> words
> that urges the community to work harder) to strengthen the  
> commitment to
> high-quality, accurate information.

Do note, exercising any kind of authority over community is very  
strong step.
Board does not rule the community, we work on facilitating the  

> How many Board members were in attendance in Berlin, and what was  
> the mean
> travel distance of the Board attendees for this excursion?

I have difficulty seeing why this question is important, but can sure  
answer it, just let me clarify a bit.

excursion |ɪkˈskəːʃ(ə)n| |ɛk-|noun
1 a short journey or trip, esp. one engaged in as a leisure activity

I really cannot classify any of board meetings as 'leisure' - they're  
usually quite intense days (don't forget the jetlag our global  
commitments bring in :)
In this particular trip the agenda was combined with chapters meeting  
agenda, tech team meetings, also meeting local communities.
I cannot call it leisure, it is way more intense than my day job (oh,  
and vacation time is used ;-)

By using such words you seem to be antagonizing the organization and  
the work that is being done, and therefore either you're a troll, or  
you just genuinely do not understand the work everyone around is  
doing, and see just your own agenda.

Anyway, back to the Berlin meeting. Average travel distance for board  
members was (pardon the metric) ~5000km (for three members it was  
below 1000km) - and whole board was attending the meeting.
Sometimes meetings involve meeting quite some staff, as their feedback  
is extremely valuable in certain topics too, so usually meetings  
happen in SF.
In this case, as I mentioned above, nearly (over?) 100 community  
members were met overall - so if we'd include that, the mean travel  
distance would be way way lower - and the value of the meeting was  
extremely high.

I hope this satisfies your curiosity, and also I hope next time you'll  
be more polite and careful picking your words. Thanks! :)

Domas Mituzas -- http://dammit.lt/ -- [[user:midom]]

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