[Imc-communication] [IMC-Tech] Resigning from tech work
alster at indymedia.org
Tue Feb 28 11:19:29 PST 2012
Hi mcp, hi imc-tech, hi IMCs around the world,
I'm responding to mcp's e-mail to imc-tech:
This is a saddening event, and it hints at a world view I was hoping
people around IMC would not share, one where some people and what they
do are more valuable than others. While we could hope that the
expression "punch in the face" was rather meant figuratively, it is out
of place either way.
Indymedia was always a project driven by volunteers and such threats are
poisonous to volunteer work. They are also counter productive in
'encouraging' further contributions of voluntary work. Most of all,
though, use of such scare tactics / power twists really make me wonder
what world view this person has. We should hope for the person who made
it reflects these statements and comes forward with a public statement
as to how this could happen, and how s/he does not intent to, at any
time, use violence against fellow IMCistas, since I think this is not
the way we want to solve conflicts and treat each other.
I'm really sorry to see you go, especially as a result of this. You've
been doing a lot of good work on keeping the remainders of global
scope/shared Indymedia services running during not just the past year,
while there were few other sharing this work with you. As far as I can
tell you've been a major contributor to an IMC which may not be able to
continue without you (which is not your fault).
Since many have decreased, for various good reasons, their contributions
of expertise and time on the global Indymedia working groups and shared
services management for the past years, and since some of these groups
are either snigle person shows and/or effectively dead for a while now
(imc process, listwork, imc docs working group, sos ticketing system,
keyserver, DNS to a degree), and this gets worse with you quitting, I
guess it's about time to declare the global collaboration and sharing
aspect of this project dead.
I'd like to use this opportunity to also declare my exit (it won't be
immediate in my case, it started a while ago already but I'm still happy
to add, as time permits, to an initiative to clean things up) from all
working groups which used to handle the shared Indymedia resources.
Anyway, it may be about time to wrap it up on listwork and the other
global Indymedia resources/projects/working groups. If there can be
someone offering to host them, it would be good to keep archives for
those who would like to reuse writeups of ideas, concepts, discussions,
and all the good stuff the many contributors produced during the past
decade this project has (mostly) flourished and done good. This is just
a suggestion because I don't see how the mailing lists, wiki, DNS and
IRC are going to continue to work if they are not managed by volunteers
motivated enough to spend their time on doing so (actually there are
some people motivated to do it for IRC, but I think they do not/no
longer consider themselves to do so as part of Indymedia volunteering).
Keeping them in an unmanaged state would be irresponsible since it could
result in servers getting hacked, credentials or personal information
leaked and all those things you don't generally want to happen.
Someone might call this whining, to me it's more stating the facts, and
while it may be demotivating to discuss how to deal with the situation,
not doing so would be worse.
Thanks for your time + work, mcp, I hope we'll continue to meet on IRC
and personally from time to time. I'd also like to second all of what
Micah wrote, he put thoughts I share into words in a way I cannot.
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