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Hi David, *,

On Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 4:12 PM, David Nelson <> wrote:

To do that job, I would ask - for a period of 4 months, subsequently
renewable on condition of the SC's approval - for complete authority
and final veto on all content on the website.

I have to agree with the others that I don't like this way of handling
the situation.

I'm rather with Michael: Whose who do the work have the say anyway.

I want
to be considered *the boss* of the website, and my
decisions would only be overridden by a majority vote of SC members.
Anything short of that, my decision wins.

I'd rather prefer if that would not be needed in the first place -
being the boss because one is the person who does the work gives me a
better feeling than "I'm the boss because that's written on my

This would give me the necessary authority to try some imaginative and
ambitious plans that I will put to Marketing.

Well - in that case I even more have to say -1
If you're the only one to think your plans are great (and in only this
case you'd need to have "Boss"-powers), then I'd rather not follow
that plan. If other people agree, then you're the boss because you're
driving things forward.

I would ask for the title of "Executive editor of the
website". The only reason I have for asking for this title is that it
gives me a handle to use in relations with outside parties, such as
the press.

Regarding representing the TDF/the project to the press, others have
responded already.

What do you say, guys? ;-) Can we try this experiment and see what it produces?

I'd say now (but I'm no SC member) - the goals of the TDF are to drive
community collaboration in the end, not "one party can do as they
Experience, and actual contribution/work done should weigh more than a
title. That is nothing wrong with giving you a title "Executive
editor" - but the "I can veto whatever I want" part is what I don't
agree with. I'm sure you wouldn't abuse that power, but is the message
it signals to the outside, the principle behind it that doesn't please

The community should be "ruled" based on rationale decisions, on
discussions where people can provide input, etc (and that quality of
the opinion/person behind it weighs more than just quantity of votes).
Having a mini-dictatorship is OK for special cases, but is not a
long-term situation.


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