OTW Survey

Apr. 27th, 2012 01:38 pm
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I took the OTW Community Survey!

I think there is like less than a week left until the survey is closed and it really doesn't take a long time to complete.
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OTW Board Elections are happening now. Remember to cast your ballot!

Also if you have time to read one last post about the elections and who to vote for. read
OTW: Thoughts on nonprofit adolescence (and why I feel NN is not right for the board, right now)
by [personal profile] elements 

It is an eloquent, level headed and thought provoking post about what is causing the problems we are seeing in the org and where to go from here. I disagree that what we are going through is just an org in transition crisis, I agree that 90% of it (at least) is. So go read it and then cast your vote.

best wishes to everyone

(and everybody else who has been suffering from the surprise mass posting on this topic due to subscribing to me, apologies, things should begin quieting down :D )

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disclaimer 1: I am a former staffer who took a break from the org, who might return back or not in future.
disclainer 2:  Since I am no longer a volunteer, there is no way on earth my opinions can reflect official opinions of AD&T of OTW or anyone really but myself. :) Just so that we are clear.

Criticism and AD&T

learning from criticism and fixing things are important )

Design and testing process

don't let your coders hog designing. Value user feedback for real and your Q&A team. Document )

AO3 skins what went wrong and what didn't.

the new layout might have failed badly, but the underlying code has the potential to allow better design and testing process for skins and layouts in future )
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I thought my last post was well... last post about elections, but this just came in for those who are not subscribed to the OTW blogs.

Lucy Pearson withdraws her candidacy from the elections

I am not sure what my thoughts are in this because frankly I don't think I know enough to MAKE a comment.
My current votes are going to be following in following order
  1. Jenny Scott-Thompson
  2. Julia Beck
  3. Nikisha Sanders
  4. Betsy Rosenblatt

edit (kinda unrelated or I hope it is unrelated): I just ran into this thread. This combined with all of the discussion I have seen over last few days, things I have heard, things I have seen while in the org (which honestly was tip of the iceberg compared to the previous two items) makes me wonder, hard about how we failed this badly and how we took this long to discuss.

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Its been a busy week, I have 10-12 paintings that needs to be done and at least 5 books to be read, so this post was supposed to not happen. I am not comfortable making this post: I am not a good writer and I fear that I am too frustrated to be coherent. I don't write this to put out new ideas anyway. Posts linked below pretty much summarizes already what I mean to say. I am writing to support: to underline that this isn't few outsiders trying to cause wank. There more of us. There IS a problem here.

long version )

The short version (for those who don't want to go through the cut)

You should read More on the OTW 2011 Board Election by [personal profile] starlady, OTW, or, I am exhausted by
[personal profile] renay and The value of constructive negativity by [personal profile] ira_gladkova

I am frustrated with what is going on concerning tone arguments flying around, and org culture of silence in favor of the illusion of everything going fine.

I'll be voting (assuming my membership payment went through in time) for Jenny Scott-Thompson, Julia Beck, Lucy Pearson and Nikisha Sanders.
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Hey the whole cool kids are writing about it! No, of course not why I write.

In case you somehow missed it, there is a huge discussion going on around board elections of Transformative works.  I am not going to write a lot here since most of what I want to say (and counter opinions I disagree with) have been explained by people with a lot more mastery in written text than I do.

[personal profile] troisroyaumes has the most recent link roundup that I know of

edit: a second link roundup by [personal profile] ainsley is also being actively updated.

Personal opinions below.

a) I am very glad this discussion is happening, regardless of what the outcome is, I think (hope) that the ideas and opinions brought in here will be put into use.
  a.1) I am also very glad to see a REAL election happening for a change where people can make a choice in what they want to see the org become.
  a.2) super cool that all sides of criticism and counter criticism is out there, that we are discussing this! and the whole thing has so far been very constructive.

b) Few posts I see as well as some comments that bothers me just a little bit. Choosing a board member shouldn't be based on how cool and amazing a person is. Them being chosen or not chosen doesn't change it. It is a decision on how good of a board member they will be, based on their current plans as a board member and attitudes toward the current issues. 

c) Differing opinions is not something to be scared off, nor is it a threat to efficiency. I think what many candidates define as a transparency problem in the org is a flat out communication issue the org management structure has with volunteer pool and fandom outside. We have no way to handle, and channel criticism or even opposing arguments (without actively trying to shut them down). This then affects diversity of the org (the point of diversity is not to get a stamp of approval on status quo but to actually change), and brings out things like the "server naming fail". What is the true problem here: we cannot communicate out our ideas to get feedback, or we don't really see the reason for communicating until it is too late?

d) Sustainability is not a joke. If few critical people (3-4) were out of commission at same time, right now, archive development and maintain would be severely hindered. Yes, kudos to these people, but overall this is terrible: and this is just one example on how understaffed org is in some key places. For those who argue: "people with specific skills are rare", well we have volunteers on one side who don't have enough to do and drop out because of that, and people with too much to do on other in danger of burning out. Clearly something is failing in between. I think it is time the for OTW to seriously focus on why, before it implodes.

All of this said, I know I am definitively voting for [personal profile] jennyst, [personal profile] lucyp and [personal profile] julia_beck, I have worked with all three of these people and saw them first hand make the org step (even if baby steps) forward on points c and d.  For my 4th vote I am still debating since all 3 candidates have their pluses and minuses, currently inclining toward [personal profile] sanders, due to her two recent articles on her journal. We'll see how that goes after second candidate chat and followups.


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