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Does Hanlon's Razor Apply To OSM?

13 Jan 2015
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Hanlon's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don't rule out malice

This epigram –usually called Hanlon’s razor- is generally credited to either the science fiction writer Robert Heinlein or to a less famous writer named Robert Hanlon.

Before we go on, let’s stipulate that when we speak of stupidity, we are not speaking of actual mental deficiency. Essentially, if you look at how the saying is most often used, it refers to a person who–not to put too fine a point on it–goes around with his head up his butt. Hanlon’s razor would say that such a person should be judged by a lesser standard than someone who is motivated by hate. My view is that there is usually little or no difference between someone who acts in malice and someone who constantly behaves like an idiot–the result is more often than not identical, and what is often passed off as stupidity is really just a lack of concern for others.

John Scotus
"Stupidity Is No Excuse" 

So, let's talk about what is not happening at OSM once again. 

 Take a careful look at OSM's new website. It's a little less clear on navigation then the previous website.Looking under About->Organization->Meeting Minutes you would find a listing of last year's minutes which end on 10/23/2014. You would think there should be two more month's of minutes wouldn't you? You would be right. November's may or may not have occurred prior to the troup's trip to Cabo last year. But certainly by now, you would see both sets. After all January's board meeting just happened on January 8th so all previous minutes should have been approved by the board by now and posted. Of even more concern is the missing publication of The Leadership Summit Minutes. The last necessary vote was received on December 24, 2014. I wonder why the Joomla! leadership is not posting the results. They wouldn't stream the discussion from Cabo due to the fear of some who didn't want the public to know what they were saying. Now they are not publishing those minutes and all hints of transparency have gone dark on the Joomla Leadershp Team Public Mailing List.

On January 6th, 2015 Victor Drover released the Project-wide budget vs. actuals, 2014 but only on the Open Source Matters Public Mailing List. He hasn't bothered with posting that nor a Balance Sheet, a P&L Statement, or the budget for 2015 on OSM's website under About->Finances. While you are visiting that web page go ahead and click on Financial filings. You will note if you review the Federal Filings section that OSM hasn't posted their 2013 1120 Federal Tax Form. What year are we in - oh yeah, it's 2015.

Come on OSM, is it stupidity or malice?

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David Huelsmann

Dave Huelsmann was Treasurer of Open Source Matters, Inc. from 2008 to July, 2010 and Joomla Forum Global Moderator from 2005 to November, 2010. Now retired, he was a senior healthcare executive who managed large and diverse clinical laboratory, radiology, electroencephalography, and centralized patient transport operations/departments in both not-for-profit and for-profit companies throughout the United States.

Dave was a Navy Corpsman who served in Vietnam while attached to Seabee battalionmcb71

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