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Abandon ship!

The following sounds familiar? It should, it’s the couchsurfing leadership style!

  • Take responsability (either assertively or, using the other CS-keyword, aggressively)
  • Make promises. The less tangible or the more gratuitous, the better
  • Silence the criticism when you don’t live up to your promise (by adapting the ground rules; by moving the criticism; by deleting threads?)
  • When the above doesn’t help: ignore the criticism
  • When the above doesn’t help: spin
  • If all else fails: ‘loose interest’ (i.e., abandon ship)

Many of you will find this a minor issue, and you’d be right. But today, Donna announced her intention to drop moderatorship of the CS Politics and Policy group. It is typical of the above style: if your blatant lack of skill / involvement to make a much-wanted change gets too obvious, simply drop your responsability and you’re done!

For some time now I’ve been having the impression that many ‘leaders’ and their groupies have distanced themselves more and more from the regular usership. This instance was particularly clear, but I’m sure there have been others as well. All these little kings and queens, much too busy with their self-created importance to bother about the actual cause they claim to work so hard for… it would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

Sorry for ranting, I don’t usually do that. In any case, I do hope that none of ‘us’ will be foolish enough to lift this problem off Donna’s shoulders. Would do her good to actually address a (self-inflicted) problem for a change (gosh, did that sound bitter? ;) )

Shouldn’t Donna think of cooking the books?

*corrected version* 

How I just love retired accountants! It seems that Pickwick is on to another scandal

According to the (minimal, and legally insufficient) financial reports over the 3rd quarter 2007, CouchSurfing International inc. is well in the dough, and has a neat $101,900.69 in the bank… but wait a second, over that sum, why has the company made only $281.26 interest??!!

I know banks in the US are in a difficult position these days, but an interest rate of less than 0,27% seems pretty strange… Or could it be that someone is turning a private profit on these funds? Nah, that would be ridiculous, CS being a ‘non-profit’ and all…