[maemo-community] Election process referendum

From: Andrew Flegg andrew at bleb.org
Date: Wed Feb 4 00:19:40 EET 2009
On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 10:07 PM, Sebastian 'CrashandDie' Lauwers
<crashanddie at gmail.com> wrote:
> Karma is complete bollocks. I can't believe we're bringing this up again.

Because some people disagree? Pfft.

[snip what is, effectively, trolling - or, at very best, poor argumentation]
> But why karma? I read the mailing lists, but I don't necessarily interact
> until I think it is absolutely necessary. Does that mean my vote is worth
> less that people who have the time to send 30 emails a day?

You want to use yourself as an example of someone who could be
disenfranchised? Who mightn't operate "enough" in the community to be
listened to?

...and yet your current karma ranking is 47[1]. Obviously enough is
"absolutely necessary" to be counted as a valuable contribution, by
any karmic benchmark being tossed around.

I just don't understand the fuss you're making, Nokia said - when
karma was first introduced - it'd be used as an indication for any
future possible device programmes. Why is that OK, but using it as a
benchmark to indicate someone's involvement in the community, to elect
a council - to represent that community - is such a Bad Thing[TM]?
Perhaps you can explain, rather than assert? Any power the council
holds (and, despite a few assertions, we DO have some power[2]) will
impact less on 99.9999% of the community than the chance of having
shiny, new, cheap device.

One of the roles of the council is to give a voice to the community's
cacophony, to make it easier to be heard by Nokia. If someone's not
contributing to that cacophony, *why* should they get a vote in who
filters, summarises and condenses it?



[1] http://maemo.org/profile/view/crashanddie/

[2] We've just been responsible for choosing the debmaster. Not
    suggesting a couple of possibilities to Nokia, but *the* final
    name. It's reasonable to think that when the debmaster's contract
    is up, the council at that point will also have a role in choosing
    whether or not to renew for that individual. So, we're talking
    about someone's livelihood, thousands of $CURRENCY in someone's
    bank balance. This is not an abstract power we're wielding.

Andrew Flegg -- mailto:andrew at bleb.org  |  http://www.bleb.org/
Maemo Community Council member

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