Kevin has posted his own thoughts about the Preliminary Business meeting here.
He has also posted video of the whole of the meeting here. Most of the debate on the YA Hugo is in Part I. I’m interested to see who the five people who vociferously opposed the Eligibility Extension were.
I also suggest that you read this post by the person responsible for moving the YA Hugo motion. You’ll probably see lots of posts over the next few days complaining about how Evil SMOFs used trickery and cheating to kill off the YA Hugo. Given the way things have gone this year, it would not surprise me to see Kevin fingered as the ringleader of those Evil SMOFs.
Obviously I wasn’t there, so I have to rely mainly on other people’s reports of what went on, but I do know Don Eastlake fairly well. He’s by no means a boring conservative. Indeed, as far as I know he is the only person ever to have chaired the Business Meeting and won Best In Show at the Worldcon Masquerade. But, as Kevin notes, he does tend to run the meeting more quickly, with less explanation, than Kevin does. That makes him popular with the regulars, who tend to think that Kevin wastes their time, but it makes things harder for newbies.
What effectively happened here was a primitive form of representative democracy. Kevin, as someone who is well versed in how the BM works, acted on behalf of Aiglet and others to help them get what they wanted out of the meeting.
WSFS is very proud of being a participatory democracy rather than a representative democracy, and given the way that modern national politics work I can see why people have little trust in their elected representatives. But equally, the larger a community becomes, and the more sophisticated its governing processes, the harder it becomes for ordinary people to play a full part in the decision-making process. Consequently, other forms of democracy become necessary.
There is no right answer to how WSFS should be governed. Democracy is a messy business, and no system will suit everyone. However, I do think we need to think carefully about how best to involve more people in decision-making. In the meantime we’ll be reliant on people like Kevin voluntarily helping newcomers through the process.