On Tue, 2004-02-03 at 15:15, Barry O'Donovan wrote:
> On Tue 03 Feb 2004 14:50, Ruairi Newman wrote:
> > I'm sorry, was there an addendum to the constitution appointing the
> > committee as censors of the mailing list? I think not.
>> I havn't read the constitution. Nor do I need to to know that somewhere
> in there is a line that states something to the effect of "the
> committee will act in the best interests of the society/group"
>Nope. http://www.linux.ie/legal/constitution.php. I do not believe
that there is anything giving any member of the committee the right to
silence a member of the mailing list on any topic. That's called
>> I'm not the kind of person who suger coats every e-mail that I write.
> However, you've judged my tone incorrectly. I was simply stating my
> opinion on the matter. Maybe I should have said:
>> "Although you may dispute it, I believe it is his right"
>Fine. Maybe I'm being over-sensitive, but a little courtesy never hurt
> The situation that spawned your post and my response is a potentially
> damaging situation for individual contributors to the list on the
> relevent topic, as well as the society as a whole. It is the chairman's
> responsibility and duty to act accordingly.
>Indeed. Up to and including the point of insisting that list members
not slander Mr Campbell and his business on the list. Banning further
discussion of the topic goes too far.
> Whilest in college I was active in a number of societies and nothing
> infuriated me more than members who walked around waving a constitution
> in one hand while the other was raised in objection to some committee
> decision. All it did was stifle progress and alienate members.
>I sincerely hope you're not attempting to place me in that bracket. If
you are, I would suggest you return to what I previously wrote, and
> Does the constitution need to explicitly state all actions that the
> chairman may and may not take? Should he turn to the members for a vote
> on every decision? Or should he be allowed to act with a bit of
> independance so as to fulfill his role in progressing and protecting
> the society?
Up to a point. For the most part, members can be expected to behave
responsibly - those people who have sent abusive mails direct to Mr
Campbell excluded of course. Again, exhorting members to moderate their
tone should be sufficient. We are mostly (if not all - are there minors
on the list?) adults here.
Anyway, I think this has probably gone far enough. We both have our
opinions and I think we've both made those opinions abundantly clear to
anyone who is interested - and the many who are not.
Laugh and the world thinks you're an idiot. Crying doesn't help either.
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