Critique & self-critique
Thanks to Murray, Jeff and others we are seeing now explicitely that critique and self-critique is not necessarely easy in open environments populated by volunteering freedom lovers. You think you are in an open environment where everybody can speak out, until you try to challenge the boundaries. Starting with yourself and your inner boundaries.
Are you telling everything you would like to tell? I certainly don’t. Shyness, respect, busy time, evaluation of potential reactions, lack of better alternatives… there are many reasons to freely decide not to be totally open about something / someone.
Are you being self-critique, even to yourself? That’s even more difficult to know. I think I am, and for instance this is why I decided not to run for re-election. I could be wrong, though. Many times someone told me something about me that I had been overlooking / ignoring / avoiding. Self-critique is a tough exercise, easier once you start though.
But what is relevant to the GNOME Foundation and the elections: we are not prepared to critique and self-critique. Board members leave a mandate without telling what went right and what went wrong, who did better and who did worse. We are volunteers and we respect each other: why getting into these potential personal troubles. There is not a mechanism for evaluation or even self evaluation, besides you being free to speak out or shut up.
Due to the function of the board, the critique is not so much about politics (opinions about topics) than about efficiency (ability to administer stuff individually and in a team). In this sense the opinions of those working regularly with the candidates are useful to figure out who to vote. Getting the positive opinions help, but getting also the hard critique would help more.
Political opposition in democratic systems help the citizenship to figure out what is really going on. When someone presents explicit opposition he is helping our democratic process, no matter how accurate his arguments are, no matter how much you agree or disagree about them. Speak out, listen, discuss, vote: these are the basis of democracy (and consensus).
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