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So here’s what you missed on the OTW November 22, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Meta.
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  • Organization holds elections to fill 2 full-term Board seats
  • There are 6 candidates, which makes this [eta: almost] the first time they’ve had more candidates than free seats
  • (There were 8 candidates to start with, but the Board disqualified one of them via some hella shady maneuvering, and another dropped out in protest)
  • (There’s also a whole thing with one of the Board members using a sockpuppet to ask questions in an open elections chat)
  • OTW voting membership (a privilege which costs $10, by the way) casts their votes
  • Top 2 candidates get the 2 seats
  • Board goes “oh btw, there’s a partial-term Board seat that also needs to be filled, and instead of appointing the 3rd-place runner-up, we’re going to vote one of the outgoing candidates — who ran for re-election, and came in last — into this spot.”
  • Massive outcry from other people working in the OTW (including the AO3), and from all the people who paid actual money to vote in this thing.
  • Within a few hours (?!?), the entire current Board resigns.

Yowza.

I mean, the fallout from this is gonna be chaotic as all get out, but hoooooopefully to good results? The popular candidates were the ones with reformist agendas anyway, so when the existing Board burns itself to the ground, that leaves a whole lot of clear territory to build up fresh new everything. Even though that’s a much bigger job than the 2 newly-elected candidates (plus whoever gets finagled into the 5 newly-freed seats…I assume the 3 electoral runners-up, and who else?) signed up for.

Fingers crossed that they can turn the OTW into an organization I’d be comfortable giving money to.

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