Decisions on FWN leadership
pcalarco at nd.edu
Wed Jul 2 01:54:46 UTC 2008
Max Spevack wrote:
> On Tue, 1 Jul 2008, Oisin Feeley wrote:
>> I'm a bit miffed that this decision appears to have been handled as
>> though it were "in the gift" of Max, as oppposed to a more open
>> discussion. I realize that this smacks of thwarted ambition -- but
>> that's because it is! I've devoted a significant amount of time to
>> FWN over the past year or so, and I don't like the feeling that
>> marketing, or whoever, is parachuting in a new direction without
>> discussion from this community.
> If you are to be annoyed with anyone, you should be annoyed with me.
> The facts are simple: Thomas left the FWN project, and I tried to step
> into the void to keep things moving along. For a few weeks, I was
> able to do this, but events caught up to me (RH Summit and FUDCon) and
> it became clear that we needed to get new leadership in place quickly.
> You did send me a note indicating your desire to step up into a
> leadership role, and I was remiss in following up. This was entirely
> my fault, and it demonstrated some poor leadership from me.
> So here we are. We have a number of *enthusiastic* contributors, and
> I am not here to bless a single person or persons as "FWN Editor". I
> don't know that we even *need* an official editor. The way I see it,
> the duties that need to be filled are:
> 1) Someone who nags people to get their beats done.
> 2) Someone who compiles the Overview page.
> 3) ANY NUMBER OF PEOPLE who do editorial passes over the Beats pages
> and edit for content, voice, etc.
> 4) Someone who actually sends FWN to the fedora-announce-list and also
> puts it on their blog.
> None of these roles need to be filled by the same person. I think
> there are plenty of opportunities for shared leadership and
> Oisin, I would ask that you forgive me for handling a "transition" in
> a slightly sloppy manner, and not blame Pascal or Huzaifa for my
> Can the three of you figure out a way to divide up the duties that I
> mentioned above (or any others that I forgot) in a way that can make
> sure everyone feels like their contributions are valued?
> What can I do to help? Maybe the best thing is to just step aside.
> My goal is the same as it was always -- to get some number of
> motivated contributors working to ensure we have a FWN every week.
> I'm willing to help on an ongoing basis in any way that the FWN
> leadership team would like.
I agree, there is plenty to keep a number of people busy for some time,
particularly with the expressed momentum to expand coverage into
multimedia and perhaps move to a Wordpress format in place of the wiki.
Oisin and Huzaifa, I am happy to contribute however I can. Of the
above, do either of you want to take the lead on any particular items?
I can fill in where needed.
Is there a weekly News meeting? We may want to schedule something
weekly, or have a discussion as part of the weekly Marketing IRC, so we
can discuss some of this as there is a lot of change right now.
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