I welcome constructive criticism of the Zcash Foundation. If anyone has suggestions for how we can perform better, I want to hear them! I think we should constantly be looking for ways to improve, and I have no desire to construct an echo chamber by silencing anyone who disagrees with or criticises me or the Zcash Foundation (ZF).
I’m also fine with people discussing and advocating for forking Zcash in order to “defund” ZF (or any other Dev Fund recipients, for that matter). That’s effectively what Ycash did, and I’m glad that @hloo, @hanh and other Ycash folks continue to be a part of our community.
So, if you have constructive, intelligent, well-informed criticism, I am very interested in hearing it.
That includes criticism of me personally. Nobody’s perfect - I’m certainly not. I’m more than happy to hear feedback on how I can perform better, and if anyone believes that they could do a better job than me, feel free to submit your resumé! I’d happily step aside for someone who the could serve Zcash and the Zcash Community better!
To echo @str4d, criticism of ZF’s performance should be addressed to me. I run ZF. I decide (with advice and input from the ZF board) how to allocate our resources, what work to prioritise, who to hire, what the COVID-related policies for Zcon3 were, and all the other key decisions that affect ZF’s performance.
One of the decisions I’ve made is to embrace diversity. That decision is not motivated by political correctness. It’s a simple business decision, motivated by the fact that there is intense competition for hiring talented people in the technology space in general, and in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector in particular. Therefore, we aim to cast as wide a net as possible when we’re recruiting, in order to maximize our chances of finding the best person for the job.
Talent, skill and experience don’t care about gender, skin colour, race, nationality, location, or what pronouns someone prefers. The more people apply for a role, the more likely it is that the quality of the candidates who make the shortlist will be higher than if we were to restrict our candidate pool to, for example, “white males from the US or Europe”. Better quality shortlists leads to better quality staff, which means that we can better serve the Zcash community.
Having a diverse team also means that we get a broader range of ideas and suggestions when faced with challenges and problems. That leads to better solutions, which again means that we can better serve the Zcash community.
I wish this went without saying but it clearly doesn’t:
We always hire the person we consider to be the best candidate for the role.
Nobody at ZF was hired because of their gender, skin colour, hair colour, race, nationality, or the pronouns they prefer. The only considerations are whether they can do the job, and whether they’re the best candidate available.
One of the ways we aim to signal the fact that we welcome diverse applicants is by nornalizing the sharing of preferred pronouns (that’s why you saw presenters’ and panellists’ pronouns on the Zcon3 livestream). It involves no cost, negligible effort, and it signals to potential candidates that we don’t just tolerate, but welcome diversity. If that means that we get more applications from diverse candidates, then we’re achieving our objective.
The same goes for the broader Zcash community: The broader and more diverse our community, the more people we have supporting Zcash, the more likely it is that Zcash will succeed.
If members of our community display hostility or intolerance towards others who are different from themselves, that is likely to alienate some of the very people who have the most need for financial privacy, and have the most to contribute to Zcash’s success.
That is why the Zcash Community Code of Conduct (CoC) states that:
We are committed to making participation in this forum a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of a person’s…
- Level of experience.
- Gender identity and expression.
- Sexual orientation.
- Personal appearance.
- Body size.
Examples of unacceptable behavior include:
- Trolling and insulting or derogatory comments.
In my estimation, what Joris wrote evinces intolerance and hostility towards people (both within ZF and in the broader Zcash community) in a way that is incompatible with the standards set forth in the CoC. Therefore, I have suspended their forum account for six weeks. If anyone objects to that decision, feel free to message me directly or start a topic in the Meta category.
People are welcome to continue discussing and advocating for forking Zcash in order to “defund” ZF. However, I have two suggestions.
First, I suggest that everyone re-read the CoC, paying particular attention to the first paragraph:
Forum members should strive to be kind, respectful, and interesting. Ideally, your presence in the community should improve the experience for everyone.
Second, be constructive. If you’d like to see ZF defunded, explain why, and explain what we would need to do to change your mind. I emphasize “do” because words are cheap, and actions speak far louder.