[Baypiggies] Meetup re BayPIGgies organization Thu 4/27, 7pm, Jing Jing, Palo Alto
aahz at pythoncraft.com
Fri Apr 28 02:02:08 CEST 2006
On Wed, Apr 26, 2006, Marilyn Davis wrote:
> What is missing from the lists of tasks is "decision-making". How has
> that been happening so far?
Decision? What's that? An appropriate description would be something
along the lines of loosely organized chaos.
> I also remember that the poll and survey are considered "non-binding".
> What is binding?
Getting enough people to agree. My bias is toward not changing things.
> I find it uncomfortable for a big volunteer group to be in a position
> where they can't make a decision unless a specific 2 people are
> involved, specially when both are too busy writing books and having
> babies to participate. Are we simply stuck?
Not from my POV. But I don't think that just because a few people are
clamoring for change is a reason to let things move forward in a
BTW, note that Danny is the primary contact for baypiggies.net and
Deirdre still owns the domain.
> If we find a way to unstick ourselves, I hope that we make some
> schedule where we rotate the duties, that no one holds a position of
> power and visibility for longer than a year or two.
That's an idea, but it also implies a lot more organization than I think
is likely to ever happen.
> "Benevolent dictator" makes a lot of sense for a technical design or
> a programming language, but not for a big volunteer group. Volunteer
> groups thrive on democracy.
Not in my experience. My experience is that volunteer groups thrive
on -- guess what? -- volunteers. And unless the volunteer base is large
enough, consensus is usually more important than democracy.
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