You are quite correct, we cannot force the board to respond. However if they 
don't we are free to vote with our feet - or not.  The fundamental rule of 
crowdsourcing is 'do not alienate your crowd'. They tread a delicate line, 
whatever they do is going to annoy somebody.

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On Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 9:02 AM, John Mark Vandenberg <>

> Can the board please very clearly state whether this removal was for 
> cause, or not!?

If they'd like to.  But if not, no.  So people who keep demanding things, after 
what I personally believe between Jimmy's comment and others, we can put a lot 
(no, not all) of pieces to get ourselves.

We edit a website.  This may surprise a lot of people, but that entitles you to 
nothing outside of that domain.  It doesn't get you a discount at McDonalds, it 
doesn't get you out of traffic violations and probably won't get you your next 
job.  Yes - our position as volunteers is important (if not critical) to the 
Foundation and its overall message.  But the so called "community" needs to 
realize their boundaries.

People who keep demanding such things (such as a detailed report of what
happened) are showing a lack of knowledge on the non-profit board structure
- and perhaps other things.  Just my two cents, since everybody else is piling 
on in opposition.


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