On Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 9:31 AM Christian Loosli <k...@fuchsnet.ch> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I mostly agree with Agustin and Jens:
> I think that people should be elected into positions based on their
> suitability for that position, which means that things like sex, gender,
> race,
> cultural background, sexual orientation etc. pp. should neither be an
> advantage nor a disadvantage. Otherwise people with backward mindsets
> thinking
> that "$xy can't do $z" will go  "Oh, you only got into position $z due to
> being $xy", which doesn't help. Also worst case, but exaggerated, if
> indeed
> people are picked not based on suitability, you could e.g. pick someone
> for a
> communicative job that is rather introvert or someone for a finance job
> that
> doesn't like numbers, then people with the above mentioned mindset would
> feel
> that their odd views are even more confirmed, that $xy can't do $z.
> From a personal point of view, I e.g. do not think that someone from the
> LGBTQ+ spectrum would represent me any better on a board. What is
> important to
> me is that I feel welcome and an not harassed  / discriminated due to
> that.
> And that is what we need to achieve: our community needs to be inclusive
> and
> welcoming, so we shall not tolerate discrimination based on sex, gender,
> cultural heritage etc. pp.
> When we have a diverse base, chances are obviously high that people
> elected
> into positions have all kind of different backgrounds.
> And that is what I think we need to recommend to other communities, so
> that
> FOSS as a whole is a place where everybody feels welcome and nobody
> suffers
> from discrimination based on who they are.  On the other hand, I do not
> feel
> that we are in the position to make strong pushs or even build up public
> pressure when it comes to elections and choices of other organizations.
> I don't know how FSF elections internally work, but if we map it to KDE,
> I'd
> see it as very awkward if an external organization would interfere with
> our
> board elections and say  "You should pick candidate $x or you must add
> candidates $y and $z".
> tl;dr: I think we need to ensure that both we and FOSS has a diverse,
> broad
> base and work on issues preventing that, not interfering with other
> organizations elections and processes.
> Kind regards,
> Christian


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