List Archive: gentoo-nfp
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I didn't vote in time to be counted, but here are a couple comments...
Grant Goodyear wrote: [Sat Apr 16 2005, 09:56:59AM EDT]
> Here's the results as of this morning. Fifty-three people voted (not
> including myself, since I'm doing the counting). I should have had us
> set up a mail alias so that somebody else also received the votes, since
> with this method people have to trust that my counting is honest. Sorry
> about that.
> > 1. Gentoo Foundation membership is available to all Gentoo developers
> > ___ Immediately upon becoming a dev
> 5 votes
> > ___ 1 year after becoming a dev
> 42 votes
> > ___ 2 years after becoming a dev
> 2 votes
> > ___ None of the above
> 2 votes
> Multiple people commented that this question was too simplistic. Does
> the X years need to be continuous? What happens with a dev who is on
> hiatus for some period of time? Should there be an alternative
> "fast-track w/ Y nominations from existing members" route to becoming
> a member? Nonetheless, there does seem to be a substantial consensus
> that 1 year is about right.
Personally, I'd like continuous 1 year required prior to eligibility.
A hiatus (the semi-official Gentoo term for leave of absence) of more
than 30 days would revoke membership, requiring 6 months of activity
following the hiatus to restore membership. This rule would attempt
to ensure that members are abreast of current goings-on to reduce
uninformed voting. It's also simple and relatively easy to track.
Some might ask: What about developers that just leave for a while, but
don't announce they are on hiatus? I'll respond in advance: don't
worry about it. Hopefully somebody notices and queries them. If
a developer isn't responding, bring it up on -core in case somebody is
in contact with the dev in question. If the developer can't be raised
within 30 days, they will be considered "on hiatus".
I don't see the point in fast-track. Keep it simple: 1 year
continuous activity, then membership is possible. The only point
I can see in "sponsoring" newer devs to membership is to get more
supporters for a given vote, which isn't a good reason. I don't think
it's asking too much for developers to actively contribute for a year
before they're allowed to vote; after all, they can help swing the
vote by arguing effectively in a public forum such as -dev without the
need for voting privileges themselves.
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