* Thank you, board members, for providing relevant information to the community. * Thank you, Sarah, for how you are. There were (and are) enough people in our community who value your position enough to vote for you. This brings the wanted diversity. * Thank you, Christian, for standing behind your principles * Thank you *all* for your work!
I fully understand that the current situation is hard for everyone. The provided information (and former discussion) helped at least me to understand it - at least enough to build my own picture.
We are a relatively small project with wonderful people, who choose to work together in a diverse community. I think everyone knows that even the smallest groups have conflicts to solve. I think, 'how' these conflicts get solved is a very important part.
As one of the person's who asked for more details, I think you (as board - and this includes former and current members) deserve a short explanation from me:
I understand that the whole board tried to avoid a leakage of personal information and I honor this very high. But for me, everyone decided with her/his application for the board to work in a public and political environment. This - sad, but true - includes for me that you should not harm to talk about conflicts and even ongoing discussions happening in your work as board member. I voted for you to represent my interests. These interests do not stop with the election. Without getting involved "somehow" in your work, I don't know if you are (still) representing my interests.
I expect discussions inside the board meetings, I expect that board members have different opinions - and I expect that most of the time these different opinions could be "merged" in discussions. But I also know that sometimes this might not be possible. This is the time when I expect the board to be open and allow every board member to express his opinion publicly: to gather feedback from the community.
Handling personal conflicts that are carried towards the board are of course sensitive. I understand that these kind of discussions are better kept internal. But I'm speaking about conflicts between members of the openSUSE community here. If there are conflicts inside the board, I like to know about them. Not in every deep detail. But enough to understand the positions. Again: you as board member decided to take a public, political job. Hiding behind something like 'don't talk about the fight club' rules is NOT why I voted for you.
With deepest respect and greetings to everyone in our community,