[OSGeo-Discuss] Board nomination: Jeff McKenna

Rob Emanuele rdemanuele at gmail.com
Sun Oct 15 15:08:51 PDT 2017

Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your comments here and elsewhere. I appreciate that you are
taking ownership of actions that have caused conflicts in the past. My one
follow up comment is that you should, in my opinion, be careful about
pointing to the excuse of passion in situations where your words or actions
negatively effect others and the community. While your passion may be a
significant reason for you to act certain ways, blaming negative behavior
solely on such a positive attribute can potentially dismiss the negativity
and the harm that the behavior can bring, and can allow for similar things
to play out in the future.

I respect your apologies here and elsewhere, and again appreciate you
responding to the concerns presented. If you are elected, I look forward to
you bringing your passion in a positive way to the board. If there comes a
time where the referenced concerns come up again in the future, I hope you
will not mind if I call it out, and point back to this time and these
discussions. I will do so as a friend, who is working with you to help make
our community even more awesome.


On Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 12:54 PM, Jeff McKenna <
jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com> wrote:

> Hi Rob,
> Thanks for voicing your concerns about me.  You are a leader and your
> words are very powerful, I have much respect for your efforts.
> I apologize if my passion sometimes causes conflict on mailing lists. When
> I represent the OSGeo community, I feel the need to always be open and
> relay concerns, as you have done here.  I need to be more caring and
> respectful to others in this community.
> I hope my open responses help answer a few questions, understand me a
> little more, or at least bring more questions and good discussions, so we
> can keep making OSGeo fun and always growing.
> -jeff
> On 2017-10-12 1:32 PM, Rob Emanuele wrote:
>> Hi Toshikazu, Nick,
>> Despite the fact that I have not been around long enough or have not been
>> in the right places to see directly a lot of the impact that Jeff has had
>> on the community, it's very clear from many accounts that he has been an
>> amazing and important figure in OSGeo (a Sol Katz award speaks very clearly
>> to this!). However I feel remiss if I don't point out the following
>> observation: as a newer member to the OSGeo community in the past couple of
>> years, I've seen some intense and surprising conflict happen on the mailing
>> lists that were centered around or included Jeff, which played out in ways
>> that I believe were not good for community, and were also not healing in
>> their conclusions.
>> If there is a custom of only speaking positively on someone's nomination
>> thread, then I apologize. I do not want to detract from praise that is well
>> deserved. Is there a more appropriate place talk through, address and
>> hopefully dismiss reservations about a nominee, and to also call for
>> answers to the questions Cameron has posted?
>> Thanks,
>> Rob
>> On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 7:02 AM, Toshikazu SETO <tosseto at gmail.com
>> <mailto:tosseto at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>     I also support the second nomination of Jeff McKenna.
>>     He think important to friendship with all OSGeo communities, because
>>     I am proud of his philosophy.
>>     I think, this thread will use comments on nominations and should not
>>     deep discuss to previous FOSS4G
>>     circumstanceand responsibility.
>>     Best regards,
>>     Toshikazu
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