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posted by LaminatorX on Saturday December 06 2014, @12:21PM   Printer-friendly
from the changing-of-the-guard dept.

In the dying hours of 3rd Dec (UTC) into the early hours of 4th Dec something significant occurred in the vicinity of the SoylentNews PBC boardroom. One witness is reported to have said "it was as though a light zephyr appeared unexpectedly, brushed by a pile of watermelons before shooting up into the sky as a vivid light", this has not been confirmed as an accurate portrayal of events and quite honestly we're not sure they weren't just making it up.

Moving to a more formal note. The timeline above is correct. In what seemed like a few brief moments of discussion and accord, NCommander stepped out of the position of CEO and yours truly (juggs) stepped in as interim CEO.

To quickly dispel any doubts or concerns, this was not some hostile power play within the board, more an amicable and pragmatic changing of the guard. It was notably lacking in any form of drama whatsoever.

Firstly, I'd like to thank NCommander for bringing us to where we are today - a thriving, growing community with a stable foundation from which to grow and many tomes of vision for what the road ahead may lead us on to build. I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping he sticks around and makes a reprise - I have a strong feeling he will.

As much as I'd like to mark my entrance with some grand vision - in the very short term I'll have to mostly concentrate on some very mundane but very necessary corporation affairs.

Longer term, I have a few nascent ideas in the back of my mind that need kicking into shape - but given the whole transition was out of the blue, I'm more at the sort the desk out and find the nearest coffee dispensary stage than the grand visionary stage. I do however fully intend to revisit NCommander's SN vision statements and go from there as an immediate starting point at the very least.

Feel free to use the Comments for questions, concerns or suggestions, I'll be sure to reply.


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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by martyb on Saturday December 06 2014, @05:00PM

    by martyb (76) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 06 2014, @05:00PM (#123233) Journal

    To NCommander: I've had the great privilege to meet with you (twice!) and continue to be amazed at all that you accomplished at this fledgling site. Your knowledge of things technical, legal, and otherwise have amazed me. I certainly hope to see you around in the future!

    To Juggs: I've had some IRC chats with you and commend you for taking on this role for our site. You've been with the site well nigh its original inception so you are familiar with the history of how we got to this point, and I'm sure that will serve you well in guiding where (and how) we go on from here. I look forward to working with you in the future.

    And, a request if I may? Historically, decisions made concerning the site have been very much in the open. I understand that the discussion was not part of a formal, planned meeting, but rather sort of just happened. So, there may have been parts to the discussion that may have been personal and not intended for public dissemination. Still, I would appreciate it if (a possibly redacted) log could be posted to the wiki so as to confirm this change. Maybe hold a board meeting in the not-too-distant future in which the earlier discussion could be summarized and a publicly-visible vote taken by the Board of Directors to affirm the prior decision?

    Though my free time is very limited at this time of year, I'll continue to do what I can to help this site grow and prosper.

    Wit is intellect, dancing.
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  • (Score: 1) by BlackHole on Saturday December 06 2014, @05:45PM

    by BlackHole (530) on Saturday December 06 2014, @05:45PM (#123242) Journal

    [...] if (a possibly redacted) log could be posted to the wiki so as to confirm this change.

    The related Board Action was posted to the site's public wiki [] immediately after the Action was certified by the Secretary of SoylentNews PBC (me) in accordance with our Bylaws [] (Article III, Section 11).

    You can add the wiki page to your watchlist [] if you would like to be notified by email of future Board Actions. You will need to log in to the wiki, and because the page is protected, you may need to edit your raw watchlist: [] to add the page.

  • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Saturday December 06 2014, @10:23PM

    by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <> on Saturday December 06 2014, @10:23PM (#123309) Homepage Journal

    This one wasn't really fit for public consumption. Some pretty personal stuff was discussed and it's better if the folks whose things they are get the choice to make them public or not.

    My rights don't end where your fear begins.