I just want to step in and mention that this is a young organization in a young field. Part of the problem with such a young ecosystem is that business practices and personal behaviors can absolutely overshadow promises for future growth. Maybe this is part of the reason that Satoshi chose a pseudonym (i.e. to make a break from the past).
At the same time, a member-driven organization must make a concerted effort to push for and address questions as they surface. It plays into the organization's reputation.
This organization has until now operated on a paid membership model with little to no vetting of members. What level of vetting/disclosure would be necessary to keep the membership informed come election time? Looking back to the election subforum, absolutely no one mentioned criminal allegations anywhere in the election Q&A threads -- though a Wikipedia entry provided a few sentences and a link to a 404'd Wired article from 2008. Whose responsibility is it to do the digging and ask the tough questions?
Ultimately it's the membership
that chooses their leaders.
Looking back a few months ago - there was a high bar to remove Mark and Charlie due to their "Founding" status, and their resignations saved the Foundation from having to change the bylaws on the fly. The bylaws
are a powerful document that gets too little attention and I'm hoping that folks realize that they have the power to change something they have stake in.
Patrick: The Foundation documents are available on Github. Have you had a look at the requirements for electing directors? Do you have any suggestions for vetting candidates? Or would you suggest that we need to have more active participation from the membership to investigate nominees? Is it possible for the <100 industry members to sufficiently vet their representatives? Maybe we need to grow the organization to get more eyes on the screens, hire detectives, or think through a mechanism for improving our structure.
In the end I think we want to have the best leadership possible and leave no lingering questions.
Also, it's always your right to resign or simply not pay your dues (i.e. annual members). However, engaged members can do so much to improve upon the existing structures. If you see that opportunity too, then please help out!