I am very close to losing my temper on this issue, and that's something that happens to me only every decade or so.
I am a bit frustrated to keep trying to explain in nice simple words that there was indeed a difference of opinion on how FPN should be administrated. Contrary to what has been said, in an attempt to shift the debate, it is was not about the vision of FPN being run by the community, but about how the admin team would function.
Those rules would not have been put in place if one particular admin, out of seven, did share with the others the same idea of how a team functions. I thought it was pretty universally accepted that a team, in the form of the one doing the chores at FPN, makes decisions together, after discussing each issues. Obviously it is not universal. One former admin did not have that vision, and prefered to "grace" the others of his wisdom. The only "rules" we had was to discuss everything, together, and to act accordingly to the outcome of the discussion, as much as possible by consensus.
When problems arose with one admin, not only acting without consultation, but also going against what had been decided, the crisis happened. That admin denied it, even though the full discussions concerned were, and still are, in the admin forum. That admin then accused me of trying to out him and of being the "front-man" of a conspiracy. I do not wish to play the victim, like others do so well, but, even though all the reasons I stated for my departure are true, I would not have left that early, were it not because of those accusations. Interestingly, the rewriting of the history has been done, such that the "conspirators" have been conveniently changed to people who are still members of the admin team.
The admins have been silent, as they do not wish to stirr up the mess. They have taken criticism about the rules, even though they had to put them in writing, at the request of one former admin (not me), and only because they tried to keep him on the admin side, and tried to find a way to work with him that would be acceptable to everyone.
Instead of that happening, that admin slammed the door, and started to spill conspiration theories, accused all of the admins of being racist and treating him badly because he is a "third world man", accused me directly of lying, presented himslef as a victim, and pulled the cover at him, presenting the early admins (KCat and myself) as being "very supportive" of his hard work, while I'm guessing we just relaxed and watched his wise actions. I'm happy to learn too that Lim was at the origin of the idea to expand FPN's administration to a team, I guess his wisdom just rubbed on me, when I decided to switch from a one-owner concept to a team administration, and commuity-run site. I'm sick of it and deeply disgusted.
The admins are building a new concept. They've always had in mind that everything they do is to build a community site. Lim's commands of what the team has to do now, shows once more that he never understood the fundamental concept of the site.
I'm ready to hear some more baby scream, and refutations of what happened, in a flawed logic, laced with insults from him. But please, I ask the members not to shoot at the admins, who are building a democratic way of functioning, despite the very stressing situation. You guys come here few minutes a day, and they are trying to make those minutes as enjoyable as possible. Believe me or not, being part of the admin team is a very time-consumming and mind-occupying job. What you all say is taken into consideration, but I ask you, as a simple member that I am, to support them and give your input, without buying the screamish theories of an ego-trip.
What good does it bring to be part of FPN admin team ? What benefit do they receive from it ? Nothing, if not the satisfaction to see a site growing in a community spirit.
You requested transparency. You got it.
Edit : I forgot to add that each and every admin was chosen by consensus. The fairy tale that one of them was not, is very convenient to accuse him of the worst intentions.
Edited by Denis Richard, 16 December 2004 - 02:56.