[Noisebridge-discuss] Let's talk about: Noisebridge Membership
asweigart at gmail.com
Thu Mar 27 18:06:59 UTC 2014
Wait, just to be clear Naomi, by "You have my utmost and truest word that I
am trying to promote a good process here." you do mean the process for the
board making decisions as outlined in the Noisebridge bylaws, right?
On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 4:00 AM, Naomi Gmail <pnaomi at gmail.com> wrote:
> You have my utmost and truest word that I am trying to promote a good
> process here.
> THAT is why I refuse to discuss any specific issues about this proposal:
> it is a distraction from a very serious problem that needs to be solved
> I did explicitly say "go ahead and discuss in the hypothetical". Did you
> I am objecting to the tacit promulgation of "decisions" made through bad
> process (re: 2/3 consensus).
> Post without that specific block i called out, and you're fine.
> On Mar 27, 2014, at 3:30 AM, Al Sweigart <asweigart at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am just exasperated with you. I know we disagree on many things, but the
> way you keep slapping down any attempt I make to work with you, well, makes
> it very hard to work with you.
> I know it doesn't look like it to you, but I am bending over backwards
> trying to accommodate you and every other critic. And I will continue to
> bend over even more:
> Naomi, I will talk to the board about reverting the policy changes made on
> Monday. BUT, I need to know that if the board we passes similar policies at
> the next board meeting, that you won't declare that those policies are also
> bogus for some contrived reason. I think my worry about goal-post moving is
> valid here; already Kevin keeps declaring that the board doesn't have the
> support of the membership because we didn't win with a -large enough-
> I need to know that this is truly about your concern for proper process
> according to Noisebridge's bylaws, and not just your own attempt to take
> down some policies you don't like.
> On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 3:10 AM, Naomi Gmail <pnaomi at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I did read your emails very carefully. And this part specifically:
>> Do not be mistaken: the membership still has the power to change
>> Noisebridge policy with a 2/3 consensus.
>> This is the part where you make the presumption that the "2/3's
>> consensus" has been legitimately accepted. This is acting in bad faith,
>> because it is part of that massive overgrown proposal, and what's more it
>> happens to be own stated pet issue to boot.
>> I just... you continue to test all credulity in your even having a sense
>> of ethics.
>> On Mar 27, 2014, at 2:59 AM, Al Sweigart <asweigart at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Naomi, please stop accusing me of bad faith EVERY SINGLE TIME that I make
>> a good faith attempt to communicate about things. You've already refused to
>> even discuss your own objections to these policies, but other people might
>> want to air their grievances or comments.
>> I wish you would at least read my emails before you jump in with
>> accusations: "Do not be mistaken: the membership still has the power to
>> change Noisebridge policy with a 2/3 consensus. Policies are not written in
>> stone and are open to change, just as they have always been."
>> I started this thread to talk specifically about the "Noisebridge
>> Membership" section, and in your VERY FIRST SENTENCE you derail the
>> conversation with begging the question. It is _very_ frustrating trying to
>> work with you when you act this way.
>> On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 2:49 AM, Naomi Gmail <pnaomi at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Al: why are you acting in bad faith here?
>>> We agreed as a board to revisit the process by which these policy
>>> changes came about in the first place and YOU even proposed reverting them
>>> to put these changes through a more legitimized board discussion process.
>>> Why are you putting these discussion items forth as if these changes
>>> were already in effect?
>>> Discuss as hypothetical all you want. I encourage it. Although why you
>>> didn't bother doing this /before/ voting on a massive board proposal that
>>> /could/ have been broken down into pieces like these is a great mystery.
>>> On Mar 27, 2014, at 2:18 AM, Al Sweigart <asweigart at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> There's a lot of talk on the mailing list about the latest board
>>> policies. I'd like to focus on segments individually so that discussion can
>>> happen about which parts people agree with an which parts people don't.
>>> Do not be mistaken: the membership still has the power to change
>>> Noisebridge policy with a 2/3 consensus. Policies are not written in stone
>>> and are open to change, just as they have always been.
>>> This thread concerns the "Noisebridge Membership" section on
>>> https://github.com/noisebridge/bureaucracy/blob/master/membership.mdwhich reads:
>>> There is one category of Noisebridge membership.
>>> Noisebridge membership dues are $80 per month. In case of financial
>>> hardship, the treasurer may choose to allow a member to pay dues at one
>>> half of the normal rate.
>>> My own commentary about this section:
>>> This is a change from the two-tiered membership that was created by
>>> consensus last year. I'm very much in favor of this part: I understand that
>>> the two-tiered membership was created because the barrier to becoming a
>>> capital-M member was very high, but the concept of a hierarchy of
>>> membership has always bothered me.
>>> The dues part is also a change away from optional member dues. This part
>>> I'm less enthusiastic about. I know Kevin wanted to roll back the consensus
>>> item that created optional dues. My concerns are that 1) I'd prefer if
>>> members chose themselves whether or not they paid the "starving hacker"
>>> rate instead of the treasurer and 2) I'm okay with mandatory dues for
>>> membership but the fact that Noisebridge is members only means that money
>>> does technical come into access to the space. (Only technically though,
>>> members can brings guests as always and, let's face it, no one really
>>> enforces the members-only policy.) I think this is something that could be
>>> Any other comments about this section?
>>> Noisebridge-discuss mailing list
>>> Noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net
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