We released a new episode of @fossandcrafts about "Governance, Leadership, and Founder's Syndrome"

But it's also about the surprise reinstatement of RMS to the FSF board, seen through that framework.

I don't know what to say other than: this wasn't an easy episode for me to record. But we thought it was important. We tried our best to address this within a thoughtful framework that also lasts beyond the current moment. I hope we did okay.


Do you feel it is unbiased and talks about the RMS instance both from a support and a dissenter on the issue, or do you feel it only highlights one perspective?

Serious question as it would effect my interest in checking it out (I am not a fan of one-sided writeups too much but totally support your right to go that route if you want among your audience)


@cwebber @fossandcrafts Wow! I'm extremely impressed with how you navigated this issue!

I don't know whether I've managed to do so well, so I'll just point people to this link.

@alcinnz @cwebber @fossandcrafts

Thank you! It took a long time charting our path to navigate this issue because it's extremely complicated and emotional for a lot of people, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

@cwebber @fossandcrafts I am partway through listening, and I appreciate you drawing out the contradiction in how Stallman has treated his rules versus others' rules ... but in a sense there is no contradiction, because he assumes that everyone else will try to find loopholes and edge cases in every rule and policy (see: ), just like him.

@brainwane @fossandcrafts Hm interesting, I think I'll have to chew on that point.

I guess maybe an extrapolation of that is how much of social systems is not just rules, but also trust.

@cwebber @fossandcrafts Yeah. Rules, trust, norms, agreeableness/collegiality, participants sharing a similar level of humility or audacity with each other.

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