Re: Why?

hi elliott,

I *love* your candidacy statement!

we also need a 75 word summary.  is that forthcoming, or do you want us to use the
last paragraph (under Why?)


Elliot Lee wrote:

> Because.
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
>         Why are you sending this so-far useless e-mail?
> Because I want you to elect me as a member of the GNOME Foundation board.
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
>         Why should I trust you enough to fulfill your request?
> Because I have been working on GNOME long enough, producing results of
> high enough quality, and supporting the GNOME effort enough to set my
> trustability level to "stun".
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
>         How long have you been working on GNOME?
> Since the beginning.
> I even continue to insist that I thought up the expansion for the 'GNOME'
> acronym, though what few IRC logs we have left have been unable to
> authoritatively prove this.
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
>         Have you done any actual work with GNOME, or are you just one of
>         those people who runs around trying to find a free software
>         cowpie to stir?
> An HTMLized Bonsai query result 16721709 bytes long. Over 7700 commits
> (conveniently padded by my part in the Great CVS Debacle). Over 2000
> mailing list posts. One man: Elliot Lee!
> I tried to help GNOME out by thinking about those commits too - I am proud
> to have originally designed OAF and Nautilus (not that others haven't
> since done more work in this area than I ever did). ORBit didn't turn out
> too badly either, and there are pieces of gnome-libs that I will admit to
> having created. These days I am working on a massive rework of ORBit -
> typically I enjoy working on infrastructure that will allow app writers to
> add amazing features to their applications. I also help out with GNOME
> CVS/WWW/FTP/system administration & maintainance.
> I coordinated the October GNOME release, proving that I am capable of
> working with all you superhackers, providing assistance in making good
> things happen.
> I have a lot of time invested in GNOME, and am fortunate enough to be paid
> to spend many of my days working on GNOME infrastructure at Red Hat Labs.
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
>         A lot of other people say they can be trusted too. Why you over them?
> Because I can fill the following roles better than them:
>         . I have the technical knowledge of a broad range of
>         GNOME components, necessary to help provide meaningful suggestions
>         on the direction of GNOME insofar as the foundation is involved.
>         . I have the knowledge necessary to help manage the
>         financial aspects of the foundation, necessary so that the
>         foundation can make a real, positive difference for the GNOME
>         project.
>         . I have past flaming experience (emphasis on past!) and
>         coordination experience. This gives me understanding of how to aid
>         in diplomatic solutions when possible, and shut my piehole when not. :)
>         . I like working behind the scenes helping people make
>         cool things happen.
> I believe that these attributes qualify me for your vote over others.
> Should I be fortunate enough to receive such, I will follow through in my
> duties as your humble servant on the board.
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
>         Why?
> Because I think you, the people who have made GNOME happen, deserve the
> best possible help in getting GNOME where you want it to go. If you
> remember only one thing about me when voting, please remember that my goal
> will be to help you out with all the distractions, problems, and boring
> work that GNOME and its foundation need doing, so that you can focus on
> having fun contributing.
> I'm willing and I'm able. Please elect me.
> Thank you for your time and consideration,
> -- Elliot
> [ "In a democracy, the government is the people," Milo explained. "We're people,
> aren't we? So we might just as well keep the money and eliminate the middleman." ]
>                                                         - Catch-22
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