[maemo-community] A rant on 25th-hour hysterics...

From: Tim tim at samoff.com
Date: Wed Sep 3 16:38:28 EEST 2008

> ----- Original Message -----
> > One of the most fascinating things that occurs within the maemo.org
> > community (and most likely, every other passionate, close-knit
community) is
> > when people take little/no time to interact with ongoing planning
> > and then suddenly exert interest in methods and practices that have been
> > discussed for quite a while already.
> The problem is that in this "close-knit" community people often forget
> that most people don't have time to follow all the possible places
> these topics get discussed.  IRC and iTT while useful are not good
> channels in which a community consensus can be made, the wiki is still
> on the unstable side, and topics on the mailing list often do not get
> proper airing before a decision is made.
> The Community Council is a prime example.  Because of the rules
> decided on here by a consensus I am ineligible to vote or run for
> office.  While it might have made a difference had I subscribed to
> this list earlier, the topic was brought up by others.
> I am not one to complain after the fact, I don't have the time, but I
> can see where people might be annoyed with the process as a whole.
> Don't get me wrong, I do agree with the spirit of your post, the
> problem is there are too many, far reaching, places that important
> topics get discussed.
> -Eric

Yeah, you're right. But, I am one of those busy people too (e.g., I have not
yet been able to participate in an IRC session). But, I do periodically have
the time to read through my maemo-* mailing list digests. Likewise,
"Watching" the wiki is a great way to stay up-to-date.

Still, as we have often discussed, there are issues with the Karma system --
hence, your ineligibility, which is unfortunate. But, also as stated, these
are things that will be worked out in time. And, I wouldn't assume whomever
is chosen for the council will have life-time positions in the council --
meaning, many more people should have a chance to interact as council
members in the future.

All of this being said, I think the first council will have a lot to iron
out in these regards.


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