[svlug] Thunder.Net self-designated as a "major sponsor" (without permission)

Ian Kluft ikluft at thunder.sbay.org
Wed Mar 1 16:05:10 PST 2006

On Wed, Mar 01, 2006 at 02:52:44PM -0800, Rick Moen wrote:
> But you've reminded me of one additional thing your friend the SBAY
> president and de-facto coup leader did recently -- and which only now
> has come to light:  
> SVLUG has always maintained a list of "major sponsors" past and present
> whom our (SVLUG's) presidents have decided to honour over the years.  See:
> http://www.svlug.org/sponsors.shtml  They are:  Linuxcare, Cisco Systems,
> Netscape, and Accent Technology.  Those are firms that either spent
> sizeable amounts of money supporting SVLUG (Linuxcare) or gave SVLUG
> major meeting space (the others).
> As head of the Web Team (me, Heather, and Margaret Wendall), I've only
> lightly touched up those listings as the firms evolved, e.g., to note
> the transformation of Linuxcare into Levanta.
> In addition to the "sponsors.shtml" page, SVLUG also honours those major
> sponsors through a rotating logo display on the left side of its _front_ 
> page.
> Your friend the coup leader recently went behind the backs of _both_ the
> Web Team and SVLUG's president to list "Thunder.Net Communications",
> i.e., himself, as a "major sponsor" of SVLUG alongside Linuxcare, Cisco
> Systems, Netscape, and Accent Technology.
> I didn't know until today that he had _zero_ permission to do this, so 
> I took no corrective action until just a minute ago, upon being
> requested to by SVLUG's president.
> To quote the late Joseph Welch, at long last, has the man _no_ shame?

This occurred during Rick's self-imposed exile of 2001-2004.  It isn't the
first time he has denied that events from that period happenned.  In reality
he simply has no information about it.

The logo which was on display there was added when thunder.net's nameservers
were added.  It was with *full* knowledge and permission of SVLUG's officers.
Since I didn't have a logo of the right size, Heather Stern drew the logo
image that was on display until Rick apparently removed it today.

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