Pine has a point. We all know that the founder seat will go eventually.
Whether it goes on the death or incapacity of the founder or earlier is a
valid question for the board and the community. I'm not convinced that an
elections committee should be deciding which posts to elect, and even if
such governance issues do fall into its remit they should probably focus on
how to elect first. So I'd say this should be a board decision.

As for the arguments to retain a founder seat for the next few decades, I
suggest that those who favour such a position try to couch their arguments
in terms of institutional knowledge, the value of an element of continuity
and the positives for the community to still retain such a link with our
founder. Then hope that the incidents of a few months ago fade in memory
and are not repeated. There is a case to be made for a founder seat, but as
with any argument in this community there are ways to argue respectfully
and effectively, and there are arguments that undermine your cause and
weaken your reputation.


WereSpielChequers


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