July 30th, 2012


two lessons

... from [community profile] readercon.

  1. Acting in haste leads to bad decisions.
    This particular one got them in extra trouble because in the most well known previous instance they appeared to have acted very quickly, and to have made a good decision. So there was all kinds of pressure to act quickly again. But there are two giant caveats there: in the previous instance the decision only appeared to have been made quickly, really having been taken in advance. And, even given that, there were some bad decisions taken at the same time that were not revealed as bad until now.
  2. Having a lawyer in your group is not the same as running things past a lawyer.
    The lawyer in the group is biased. He or she will try to come up with a way to justify the thing the group wants, and being a lawyer will probably succeed. If you want an objective opinion you need a lawyer who can be objective.

Not a lesson, because I knew it already, but this was also a reminder of the powerful suffering that lack of transparency can cause.