RationalWiki talk:2021 board of trustees election/Results

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What was the point of voting if it doesn't matter in the end?

I'm now mad for even participating in this. They should have been nominated immediately without needing a vote like damn. MarioSuperstar77 (talk) 22:30, 26 August 2021 (UTC)

However, as per the Foundation's Bylaws, an election must still be held. - Spelled out right there for you. -- Techpriest (talk) 22:39, 26 August 2021 (UTC)
Pragmatism has many limitations. Formalities are far more important than you might think and they show committment. GeeJayK (talk) 01:42, 27 August 2021 (UTC)
@Techpriest I read it clear as day the first time around, doesn't change the fact it remains asinine nonetheless. I only came back here because I thought my vote would matter, but looks like I was WAY too idealist, hence my irritation.
Hey, if a troll wants to, they could cause as much chaos on here, be like Scrooge and USHA, and survive a chicken coop, and then all they would have to do to earn the staff right would simply be to participate. Even if nobody votes for them, they will still become staff as it's nothing more than an obtuse participation trophy. This way of operation including the "mobocracy" is stolid, archaic and will cost dearly to the site, I'm calling it right now. Too bad the trolls are too stupid to figure it out and resort to the same run-of-the-mill vandalism. MarioSuperstar77 (talk) 11:12, 27 August 2021 (UTC)
The chances of a true troll sticking around long enough without getting permabanned to meet the necessary criteria to stand in the election are extremely slim. And in the unlikely case that a true troll did stand in the election, other candidates would doubtless put themselves forward just so that people could vote for someone else and the troll wouldn't get elected. And if trolls somehow still managed to get elected, the other Board members could pass votes of no confidence in them, forcing them off the Board. That's what we did to Dysk because we decided he didn't have the best interests of the wiki at heart. Whereas I would have much preferred a real election with more than four candidates that I had a chance of losing, it would have been much more exciting for me, you are worrying about nothing. Spud (talk) 11:30, 27 August 2021 (UTC)