For whatever it's worth, I did not support the decision to reinstate RMS. I made my arguments and placed my opposing vote; while I was glad I was able to do that I regret not being able to turn the decision the other way.
@mindspillage thanks for the explanation, it's appreciated.
Can you share whether other board members were also opposed?
@legoktm I don't feel right about disclosing anyone's vote but my own. (I have let the board know I was making my own position public.)
@mindspillage given that it was a vote, and assuming the board are rational thoughtful people, I wonder what the board members who voted in favour know that most people (many with strong opinions online) don't...
Good thoughts over on Twitter: https://twitter.com/luis_in_brief/status/1374364553975271428
Doesn't everyone make stupid, coy, and tongue-in-cheek remarks in chat rooms.
To us those are the real news items. Innuendo and he said, she said, are distractions.
@lightweight @mindspillage I don't believe it's too much to dream for. While I didn't write the letter at https://rms-open-letter.github.io/ I do believe that's the core of what they're asking for by doing a "total reset", similar to what happened with Tor Project some time back. All I know is that FSF will no longer have any further credibility in my professional circles. Maybe, just maybe, a clean slate could restore things, but, you know, "fool me once..."
I think that's where you turn to the lawyers. I don't have a good answer. At the moment in terms of leadership the Software Freedom Conservancy is an option if you want to contribute to an organisation that isn't the FSF and they are a home to quite a few projects.
@downey @lightweight @mindspillage
@mindspillage Thank you for voting your conscience and doing what you could in the limitations placed upon you.
I sincerely hope that you don't take criticism of "The Board" as personal criticism of yourself. I know from painful personal experience that can be a difficult separation to make.
@mindspillage I don't ask for names, but whose decision was this? A vote of the board members listed on the website? How many people in the FSF voted for this?
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