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From: "Daniel Robbins" <drobbins@g.o>
Subject: RE: Losing access to dev.gentoo.org
Date: Sat, 8 May 2004 16:28:13 -0600
> Basically he would still be in some ways tied to gentoo, but 
> would not need to do anything or be responsible for anything. 
> Similarly to honorairy chairpersons/members. Another thing 
> which is typical in such honorairy setups is that the person 
> in question normally has very little to say about it ;-).
> 
> Paul

Nor should I have to, I don't think. 

Everyone, there is one thing that keeps me emotionally invested in Gentoo,
and one thing alone -- petty bickering. As long as it's going on, I don't
feel comfortable leaving the project. Power plays, manipulation, apathy,
self-centeredness, lack of consideration, all that junk -- I stay on not for
my own personal benefit (as some have falsely assumed,) but because I'm
compelled to fight that stuff and figure out ways to kill it off. I hang
around to try to convince *you* to also take it seriously and join me in
trying to kill it off. 

If you want to see 100 more long-winded emails from me to -trustees... If
you want to see someone who continually questions his decision to leave this
project, then just engage me in some petty bickering about the stupid issue
of the day and fight amongst yourselves. 

If you want me to instead focus on my future success apart from Gentoo (and
you *should* want this,) spend my time on the necessary NFP work and leave
you alone, be nice to me. Be nice to each other. Be supportive of each
others' work, and try not to place demands on each other or play power games
with others on the project. If you're incapable or unwilling of doing that,
then either fake it or find a new hobby.

Right now, there is bickering going on between various people, both on this
list and off this list. I end up hearing about it in one way or another.
Trustees, you need to place your friendship and support of one another as
your highest priority. Like I said, you need to rise above your principles
and be willing to trust each other. Give people opportunities to exceed your
own personal opinion of what they are capable of. Nothing should supercede
your desire to help a friend -- no technical argument, no myopic application
of some policy or rule. Take a risk on one another, and trust that your
fellow trustess can do something beyond your expectations. We are all
learning and growing. You need to support the learning and growing process.
Without choosing to trust one another, this is impossible.

And like I said, if you're incapable of doing this, then fake it for the
sake of everyone else, at least until the NFP transition is officially
completed and I can get a lot farther away from Gentoo than I am now.

See how long this email was? I feel *compelled* to send these emails as long
as I see and hear of garbage going on. Make peace with each other, and I'll
be forced to find better things to do with my time.

I really can't afford to send these emails anyway. My wife is already a bit
upset that I'm working today.

Daniel


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