who has time for the GA? (was: terminating memberships responsibly)
Bernhard E. Reiter
bernhard at fsfe.org
Fri Aug 31 12:23:18 UTC 2018
Am Freitag 31 August 2018 13:22:56 schrieb Besnik Bleta:
> > convincing more than 18 thousand people code paid by
> > public money should be published as Free Software
> Funny that you declare you don't know the "demos" of the fellowship,
> although we pay (I myself no more) the membership fee through
> channels that easily let identify who we are and on the other hand you
> know that those 18 thousand people were “convinced”, when they simply
> might have shown their support to an idea older that FSFE's campaign.
"Convinced" was a short version, sorry if this was too brief. I've meant that
many people acted upon it and a lot of them without having a strong tie to
the FSFE or Free Software before.
The fellowship was a status were you financially supported FSFE and indicated
that you wanted to be more involved. You could always participate without
being a Fellow. And the "demos" means who should be allowed be part of a
large membership organisation for Free Software? In a state there is a clear
boundary and you are forced if you are a citizen to be part of its policial
For an NGO like FSFE, you can go somewhere else and join or support a
different one. If we'd allow everyone, and started representing a state,
we would not be able to bring in a non-mainstream point into the political
debate, because the political debate would (ideally) already have the same
representation of opinions.
> > A radical shift of structure (like moving to a "large membership"
> > model) may promise some advantages down the road, but it may also
> > could dimish the good work going on,
> Suppressing the fellowship seat was a radical shift (otherwise no need
> for an extraordinary gathering), right?
No, as already explained: It did not work out as it was envisioned.
When FSFE decided to set a new course without Fellowship set elections, we did
not want to organise another last election to spare everything the effort as
respect to the candidates and the supporters who are following the
procedings. The out-of-band generally assembly was held because of the
timeline and we were already late. (In retrospect we probably should have
done this decision in the written form. But the result would have been the
> What are the reasons that the council think this move would not “dimish the
> good work going on”?
(You may know that I am not in the council and council did not decide this.)
From my perspective: Because it reduces room for misunderstandings (that
obviously had taken place with a minority of people) and let us find people
who can help with the legal backbone in a better way in the future (causing
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