Three Mozilla board members step down over new CEO appointment

By Himanshu Arora · 29 replies
Mar 31, 2014
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  1. According to the Wall Street Journal, three of six Mozilla board members have resigned over the appointment of Brendan Eich as CEO. Gary Kovacs, former Mozilla CEO and current head of AVG; John Lilly, former Mozilla CEO and now a partner...

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  2. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    Welp, so much for tolerance and diversity of opinion.
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,737   +3,757

    Tolerance only extends as far as the first disagreement. Or, in the case of Prop. 8, the first instance of "democracy" that doesn't favor a specific position.

    This in mind, I've concluded that any self-proclaimed Tolerantâ„¢ person is, in reality, a disgruntled clown. By default this makes the current state of affairs at Mozilla a circus.
  4. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    It's a shame companies have to be dragged into social issue such as this but such is the nature of world. Disagreeing with someone doesn't mean you hate them and agreeing with someone doesn't mean you love them.

    That being said the title doesn't seem entirely accurate. Only one stepped down because of te new CEO. Two had made previous plans to leave regardless.
    cliffordcooley and davislane1 like this.
  5. So, to make sure the world will continue to exists, we MUST make sure that a group of degenerates that are totally intolerant of other opinions have their dirty little secret "sanctified". Oh, they must be so proud! They have dissolved another piece of the fabric of the true family.
    havok585 likes this.
  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Is it me or does this guy look like on all his pictures hes derping a lot... seems airheaded and a useless CEO but they could atleast give the guy a chance and instead of just leaving or stepping down they could just voice their opinions and try to find a neutral zone.
  7. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Seems like most commenters just read the headline and ran in to comment about tolerance. The article is about 3 board members who left, but none of the reasons list Eich's stance on same-sex marriage as the reason. There's just a little re-hash of the employee furor at the end of the story, but the primary subject's departure of board members appears to have nothing to do with Eich's support of Prop 8.
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,737   +3,757

    Nope. cmbjive did that. The rest of us just played along :p
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Who cares what his stance is about same sex marriages, just as long as he can skipper the ship competently enough should be the thing that counts most.
    davislane1 likes this.
  10. Marcuscassius

    Marcuscassius TS Rookie

    Bad move for Mozilla. They live on public acceptance. This anti-rights guy is the wrong fit for that job. Their market is young, liberal, forward thinking people. Not scared old white guys. Unless they are actively trying to politicize the browser to capitalize on the Fox over 80 crowd.

    I think I'll uninstall until they work this out. I don't like this guy.
  11. Marcuscassius

    Marcuscassius TS Rookie

    If you owned stock, you'd know why.
  12. Marcuscassius

    Marcuscassius TS Rookie

    Nope. He said one thing, but he actively DID something else. Words are cheap and the fish rots from the head down. He's a bad guy for this company. He needs to go, like yesterday!
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  13. BobNYC

    BobNYC TS Rookie

    There should always be intolerance for intolerance. We citizens of the United States of America are guaranteed EQUAL RIGHTS under our Constitution. This CEOs views are the same as those middle-eastern religious fundamentalists and he should move over there.
  14. BobNYC

    BobNYC TS Rookie

    Read the Constitution. EQUAL RIGHTS for all Americans. No person of intolerance and denier of EQUAL RIGHTS should be elevated to the position of CEO of any American company.
  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,727   +3,700

    There is also business decisions, and you people are looking at this as if the request is not a business decision.
  16. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    So then we should promote intolerance?
  17. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    Except I read the article and there's this little passage,

    That's what I was referring to, not simply to a headline.
  18. havok585

    havok585 TS Booster Posts: 155   +27

    Oh, will ya all shut your whining? so what if this CEO said smth that goes against a group of individuals ? he can say whatever the hell he wants, free speech FTW. also gay marriage is not smth that's to be enforced on US/us just because some of you want it. Don't forget on which basis USA was born as a country (free for all, not free for all degenerates).
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,727   +3,700

    Since you are going there, don't forget how religious they were in that time frame. And question how they would have treated the thought of same sex marriage.
  20. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,737   +3,757

    This has to be the most ignorant and poorly reasoned comment in this thread and the one that preceded it. Not only do you open with a self-contradiction, you've completely missed the rights issue as well!

    First, the only rights issue present in this on-going Mozilla story is whether the CEO has the right to choose to support a cause he believes in without fear of being penalized for it. The proclivity for "forward-thinking" individuals to pick and choose who will be allowed or disallowed to exercise this "right" is the only reason either of these Mozilla treads have generated the traffic that they have. Second, supporting traditional marriage has noting to do with fundamentalist Islam. Suggesting they are the same is like suggesting that, because they both have wheels, a minivan and a Mack truck are the same things. It demonstrates a clear lack of education on both subjects.

    Once again, a post that contradicts itself. I challenge you, (or anyone else in this thread), to demonstrate a single constitutional right that's been violated or abused by Mr. Eich. Good luck with that.
  21. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,727   +3,700

    Agreed, his right as a citizen is not being questioned. This is a business decision not to put someone in charge that may be viewed as not having all their marbles by everyone. It is the right to run a specific business being questioned, nothing else.
  22. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    This is actually incorrectly reported by WSJ. Two of them resigned for other reasons non-relating to the CEO choice.
  23. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    What does Mr. Eich's position on gay marriage have to do with his expertise in coding and business management?
  24. Tgard

    Tgard TS Booster Posts: 87   +26

    Anyone else sick of all these stories. Seems like every other story AT LEAST had to do with someone's opinion of the 2-3%. Eich is entitled to his own opinion. Our Forefathers fought, bled and died so he could have an opinion. Mozilla + 1!!! Firefox is my browser of choice and I don't see that changing.
  25. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,727   +3,700

    I didn't say it did, you are only looking at half of the picture. As a business leader there is also ethics involved, especially if it may strike a media frenzy. And a BS media frenzy is exactly what people are trying to start over this guys personal life.
    You are sick in the head, if you think our forefathers fought and died so that anyone could be gay. Keep trying to hold the Constitution out of context. The biblical world does it every day, because over the centuries the context has been totally forgotten.

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