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From Benson Margulies <>
Subject Re: slack
Date Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:35:27 GMT
I think it's important to recognize how the board and the foundation
have handled this issue over time.

The absolute requirement is open decision-making. Avoiding real-time
communications avoids many possible failures of open decision-making.
(Not, of course, all.) After all, the simplest primrose path here is
two people standing at the intersection of their cubicles. The policy
has always been to sternly warn that the use of real time mechanisms
involves risks of failure, and that failure involves risks of the
board's blunt instruments being deployed. Does all of this slow down
some processes, and cause some people of limited patience / boundless
energy to get frustrated? Yup, things have costs.

Just writing up the results on the mailing list isn't good enough if
there is no real opportunity for people to question, deliberate, and
change the course of action.

You want to have a bar camp, a con call, a slack discussion, a set of
messages exchanged by carrier pigeon? Then it's up to you to make sure
that you don't end up excluding people from the decision-making

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