[maemo-community] Incorrect election title on voting page

From: Andrew Flegg andrew at bleb.org
Date: Tue Sep 9 14:22:55 EEST 2008
On Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 12:09 PM, Ryan Abel <rabelg5 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sep 9, 2008, at 6:40 AM, Quim Gil wrote:
>> About the "not really desirable", what are we talking about? Identify
>> the cases and ask the elected council not to pretend any
>> representativity with them.
> The council is not a user-advocacy group, and representing the "WE
> WANT PIM" and the "THE TABLETS NEED A SIM SLOT" crowd isn't a part of
> the council's job.

True, but none of the candidates have stood (AFAICT) on a platform of
"I *strongly* believe that the tablets should be my primary phone
device and I will work to make Nokia deliver that".

The wonders of being elected on a platform with, hopefully, a large
majority is that you don't have to run back to your constituents on
every point. This is a *representative* democracy, not a
referendum-driven one.

If you get elected, people can't complain that you're not pushing for
a PIM - you didn't say you would.

On the wider topic: there is a clearly a body of people outside of
maemo.org who use Maemo-powered devices. In some cases, this is a
community in and of itself (e.g. ITT); in other cases it could be
users who're treating it as a mainstream device already - and who
aren't involved in any participative exercise to do with the tablets.

maemo.org as a community site gives a home to the (arguably) most-core
set of people: those who have created an account here. One of the aims
of the council should be to help encourage people use maemo.org as the
home of the widest and most varied parts of the community.

The people with maemo.org accounts *are* the electorate, and therefore
the council represents their views primarily; mostly as a side effect
of having elected the council as representatives. People without an
account are people for whom the council is not directly working, but
that shouldn't stop the council from doing a particular task which
would help those users. In the majority of cases, I'd expect the views
of the core maemo.org users to also represent those of the wider
users; but I wouldn't preclude a circumstance where the benefit to the
maemo.org community is marginal, but the benefit to everyone who owns
an Internet Tablet is measurable.



Andrew Flegg -- mailto:andrew at bleb.org | http://www.bleb.org/
maemo.org Community Council candidate: http://tinyurl.com/election-jaffa

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