News Flash! PASS Board Makes Unpopular Decision!


(n.) A multi-purpose response, primarily used to imply a degree of indifference. Tone of voice and circumstance often implies a meaning. Can be used when you don’t want to answer an awkward or embarrassing question, or if you just plain have nothing else to say, and you want the other person to interpret the “meh” however he/she chooses. As in: Q: “What do you think of my new dress?” A: “Meh.” or Q: “What do you want to do tonight?” A: “Meh.”


You heard me. I think this whole situation is getting way out of hand. People are making personal attacks, making false statements on the behalf of others and generally being pin heads about the whole thing.

It’s Not The Process, It’s The People

The amount of personal attacks going on is just crazy. Andy wants to change the process, I’m fine with that. You want more transparency, I’m down. What I’m really upset about is community leaders making subtle and not so subtle attacks on the entire board. If you have a beef with a particular board member then call them out. If you have a problem with the WHOLE BOARD maybe, just maybe, its you.

JJ Abrams Runs The Board

Yep, I’m Lost(tm) too. I love a conspiracy theory, I don’t think there is an invisible monster eating people at PASS HQ though. I believe the majority of the board are trying very hard to make the best possible choices for PASS and it’s future. I don’t agree with every choice made, and I despise politics in general, but I don’t think there are 12 odd people colluding to keep out the good guys and run PASS into the ground. Were James and Kendal the last two pieces in a much larger puzzle to control the fate of PASS and SQL Server? We are about to find out….

I’m Gonna Let You Finish, But Sri Was The Best Candidate For The Board!

For a guy that said he was done with PASS politics Brent has a lot to say. I get it, you don’t like the way the bylaws are written. Run for the board and get them changed. You know and I know you would win by a landslide. You also clearly understand that the bylaws are written and approved by the board. You know who I feel bad for? It’s not Sri. He is an awesome guy, this won’t stop him at all. I fully expect him to run again. It isn’t James Rowland-Jones, he has had great success with SQLBits and will make a solid board member with PASS. It is squarely Kendal Van Dyke. Also an awesome community leader and will make a great board member. The problem is he will always have to work harder and have this stigma of being second in the votes but chosen by the board to serve over the next candidate. Who wants that following them around? Would we be having this raging hemorrhoid of a debate if Sri was picked up and Kendal was passed over for James? Kendal was gracious in defeat and would have made a mistake if he had turned down this appointment.

You aren’t going far enough

Andy Warren started the petition. I don’t thing it goes far enough. We need to strip the PASS board of the ability to appoint anyone to the board at all. If it isn’t voted on by the membership there shouldn’t be an appointment to the board PERIOD. I’m serious. All our issues stem from the fact that a few people, that we have voted onto the board, have the ability to appoint more people without the consent of the governed. While we are at it, get rid of the board, all of them. We live in an age where people can vote on topics in real time, a pure democracy, where the governors are the governed. As long as we have a representative form of democracy governing PASS there will always be a group of people to lash out at and a group of people happy to do so.


At the end of the day people are ignoring the fact this is a one year appointment. Both James and Kendal will have to face another election if they want to stay on the board for a second full term. PASS has been making changes to the bylaws, not at the speed I would like but they are changing. No matter what, you can’t make everyone happy.

Posted on January 18, 2012, in PASS, Rant. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I would say with regards to how to treat the personal side of things, apply the Golden Rule. Treat others, no matter how much you might disagree or think they aren’t being forthright, the way you’d want to be treated by someone who feels that way towards you. That would do a lot to increase the civility.

  2. Spot on! I wished I’d put that in the post.

  3. Great post! A few thoughts:

    “Run for the board and get them changed.” – That can’t be the solution to fix something broken: we can’t all run for President of the US. If the restaurant serves me spoiled fish, the answer isn’t for me to become the fry cook. There’s things the Board needs to understand and execute.

    “At the end of the day people are ignoring the fact this is a one year appointment.” – True – but PASS has repeatedly appointed people to the Board without elections or checks & balances. (See Pat Wright, for example.)

    “You know who I feel bad for?” – You mentioned several people, but you didn’t mention Geoff. Geoff was ON the ballot, garnered votes, and was passed by. I understand if the Board decided to skip one person for reasons they can’t disclose, but TWO? If the Board believed two of the six candidates on the ballot weren’t suitable to be on the Board, then why present them on the ballot in the first place? What, they’re good enough for the public to vote on, but they’re not good enough for the Board to choose from?

  4. I don’t think getting rid of the board is practical. Even in an age when live voting on issues is technically possible it’s still not feasible. A small group of people that have signaled, either by going through nomination or accepting an appointment, an interest in taking on more responsibility will get more done than a few thousand people. Can you imagine meeting with that many people to talk about how to handle something? Everyone will want their voice heard even if it’s already been stated. Not to mention the fact that many people won’t do as much research or fully think through the issues before talking.

    Which isn’t to say that what the board can do shouldn’t be restricted. Since it is so easy to vote it’s not difficult to call another vote to determine the additional members in situations like this.

  5. Hey Brent!
    You can’t run for president but you can run fro the senate or congress :)
    I don’t know enough about Pat’s appointment but I’m guessing I will soon.
    I don’t know if I feel bad for Geoff, he was an appointment too if memory serves.

    Chris F,
    My point is, if people aren’t happy with the representative’s then maybe they should self govern. In a pure democracy there isn’t a debate on the issue. It is put forward, a period of time is allowed for examination, then everyone votes.

  6. Bravo, questa grande idea appena inciso

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