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Re: [Fsfe-uk] AFFS grants for free software development

From: Robin Green
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] AFFS grants for free software development
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 23:46:54 +0100
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On Sat, Sep 18, 2004 at 11:17:35PM +0100, Kevin Donnelly wrote:
> On Saturday 18 September 2004 9:24 pm, Jason Clifford wrote:
> > I don't think it does. As you seem to think it does please justify the
> > position so I can understand why being a member of AFFS makes a Free
> > Software developer better than one who isn't or better able to put the
> > money to good use.
> I didn't make any comments about some developers being better than or worse 
> than others. :-)  The burden of my comment is simple.  I've spent time on 
> this as an AFFS function; you asked AFFS to distribute the money; how can 
> AFFS suddenly disappear from the picture?  If you think it should, and if 
> everything the Committee decides on this is going to be second-guessed, why 
> don't you sort out the distribution yourself instead of asking others to 
> spend time on it?  Then you're sure to be happy with whatever way you decide 
> on.  But what you can't do is ask someone else to do it, and then nitpick.

Jason is as entitled to nitpick as any other AFFS member. I think he has a
point. There are many ways of contributing to the free software movement, and
plonking down 10 quid for an AFFS membership is only one of them. I don't think
it's fair to give AFFS members a headstart, although I don't feel very strongly
about that.

> I'm not going to keep replying to longer and longer whinges

I don't see it as a whinge. It's constructive criticism. And as someone just
said, the committee is answerable to the membership... we are a democratic
organisation, right?

All I'm saying is, let's not shut out discussion of the committee's decisions
on the basis that it is "whinging".

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