[Note: Candidates were limited to 300 words for each answer.]
Can you share some ways that you’ve dealt with stressful communication situations (e.g., handling difficult emails, phone calls or meetings)?
I try to remain positive and if I think we’re not making headway, I back out of the conversation as politely as I can and I return to the issue later. I get some breathing room and come back with fresh eyes. In the meantime, I get a second opinion. Getting another perspective helps to see the issue on the whole, and not just a single part that might be a focus of frustration.
Being polite and pushing through it is also something I try to do. It really helps to be open to changing your mind, and that requires active listening. Even if the issue is frustrating, I like to try to hear all sides of an issue first. If I can stay steady despite the adrenaline, then I keep working until we reach a solution or workable compromise.
What is a skill that you consider relevant for a board member, but that you consider a personal weakness?
Knowing everyone’s names and what they do! Especially if they are being referred to by a nickname or shorthand, I always have to ask who is who. (We use a lot of different names in the org!) The more I branch out of my committee, and the more I inquire about other committees, the more I learn, though, so I’m not certain I’ll be able to keep up soon.
The same really goes for all the committees and what exactly they do. I have some very broad, general ideas about who does what, but I am trying to read up and reach out and learn more about the organization as a whole and how we all fit together.
[Parts of the following question were lengthy statements, rather than questions, and were removed by the Elections Committee.]
How do we keep fandom non-profit, and also fair to other fans who want their work to be seen and shared on a level platform? Is it enough that fans are trying to circumvent AO3’s non-profit stance by linking to their twitter / tumblr but still advertising donations and patreon pages there? Do the candidates see this as a pertinent issue, and if so, what do they plan to do about it?
Archive of Our Own, Transformative Works and Cultures, Fanlore, and Fanhackers are free to use, anyone can contribute, and are inherently level playing fields. They shall remain that way as “the mission of the OTW is first and foremost to protect the fan creators who work purely for love and share their works for free within the fannish gift economy, who are looking to be part of a community and connect to other fans and to celebrate and to respond to the media works that they enjoy.”