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I started drafting a post about test-driven development, objectives and goals, but then day job stuff hit. So this post is a quick exercise in the transparency I've been talking about, on a personal level.

Because we need to show not just data, but also information - not just our rough notes, but explaining and highlighting the important bits. Like Dreamwidth has both Bugzilla and [site community profile] dw_news posts, we have both Google Code and AO3 news posts for the AO3, and we need to clarify what the equivalent is for other areas of the OTW. But that's a discussion for another day.

This election process has been exhausting. It's great to have all this discussion, but one of the things I'd like to think about for next year is ways of making it less wearing on the candidates and elections officer. It doesn't help that most of us have had other stuff to deal with at the same time - computer issues, house guests, illness in the family, moving house, insomnia, et cetera. Of course, in some ways we'll have similar situations throughout the year, whether we're on Board or other committees, so it's good practice, but it's still very hard.

And as I said in one of my answers, the most wearing part is not the work in and of itself, but the interpersonal tensions and feeling that your work isn't appreciated. So here are some thank-yous, for a start: To Ira, for co-ordinating everything. To Allison, for wrangling Drupal to post things on the site, and for doing the Paypal reconciliation to make sure our list of voters is correct. To the other candidates, for answering thoughtfully and participating in the process despite everything. To Via_Ostiense, Volcom chair, for handling all the mediation stuff we don't see. To all the other committees, for carrying on with the day-to-day work at the same time. Thank you all.

Now I'm off for a tough week at work on far too little sleep, in between trying to support a friend who's just moved country, hoping I'll be able to answer the next set of questions as well as writing that post at some point. Oh, and I'd like to help out on some coding for the next AO3 deploy, if I can find some energy. Welcome to a day in the life of me. I'm generally more optimistic when I've slept properly, I promise.

You can find more information about the OTW on the official OTW site. Election voting is November 16th-18th.

Date: 2011-10-31 01:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rbarenblat
I can only imagine how exhausting the election process has been for the candidates; I know it's been consuming and a bit emotionally involving for the current Board members, too.

And I am always in favor of more appreciation. *\o/* Three cheers for everyone who's working so hard to make all of this happen.

Date: 2011-10-31 01:32 pm (UTC)
jenn_calaelen: (clouds)
From: [personal profile] jenn_calaelen
It all sounds very busy and stressful! I hope things start to go in the right direction for you.

Regarding the election process, it seems (possibly because it looks like there have been very few contested elections) like the current process isn't working very well for anyone. (although I suppose that seeing how all the candidates cope with stressful situations and chaos might be interesting or illuminating for some voters).

Good luck getting through this week (it sounds like it is going to be rather crazy for you)!

Date: 2011-10-31 08:18 pm (UTC)
renay: Pink pony with brown hair and wings on a yellow background bucking hind legs in the air. (Default)
From: [personal profile] renay
I appreciate all the time you're dedicating to the process while still doing other work. Thank you very much!

Your offer to me also applies in reverse if you ever need to talk. :)

Date: 2011-11-03 09:03 pm (UTC)
via_ostiense: Eun Chan eating, yellow background (Default)
From: [personal profile] via_ostiense
Thank you for the note, it cheered me up. I agree that the interpersonal tensions and feeling unappreciated is the most wearing part of the work. Unfortunately, interpersonal tensions are part of the work for me, so, bleh.

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