Should SFWA actually keep its proceedings internal, or only pretend to keep its proceedings internal?
I’d like to think the organization had a little more self-respect than to grandstand for nonmembers with an entry on its blog like “Letter To Members on Board Activity”:
Many of you have contacted us recently about your concerns regarding the actions of a SFWA member, including the recent misuse of the sfwaauthors Twitter feed. The Board has been engaged in a discussion of the various responses the organization may offer. Any action we take must conform to our bylaws and procedures, and will take time. Be assured that the Board is not idle on this matter, but must be deliberative to assure that any action is fairly reached and correctly implemented.
English translation: Hey, world, we want you to know we’re not doing nothing about that guy who’s got the internet all riled up but aren’t willing to name in a post although since you already know who we’re talking about it amounts to the same thing except we can plausibly deny that we mentioned him.
If SFWA officers think they shouldn’t be telling outsiders about this piece of business, the way to do that is by not telling us about it.
Or as Chick Gandil told Moonlight Graham after the brushback, “Don’t wink, kid.”