On Tue, 2011-03-29 at 14:38 -0400, William L. Thomson Jr. wrote:
> Now once the new trustees are elected, and after the audit or during.
> The trustees really need to work on figuring out how people become
> officers. Right now I do not believe there is any policy for such. You
> just become a trustee, and if you want an officer. But if there are more
> trustees, there can only be 4 officers, as it was when I was a Trustee.
> I was 5th elected, thus not a officer. But that was a very lame way to
> assign officer positions.
Also just for clarification, it was me who suggested the lame idea of
assigning officer roles in order of election back in 2008. I take full
responsibility for that lameness.
However something I did not realize at time of running for the board of
trustees, which others might not, and Matthew brought up. As a trustee
you have no liability. As an officer, you do have liability, and must
sign your name to things, sticking your neck out, and in a sense putting
your butt on the line.
I am not sure people who want to become trustees understand that they
might also end up as an officer. Which is a very different role, and
comes with potential consequences and liabilities that does not exist
for a trustee. Not to mention the amount of work that needs to be done.
How Gentoo goes about getting trustees is fine, elections great. But the
officer problem, needs to be addressed at some point as well. To really
stick my neck out there, I think at some point officers might have to be
In an ideal world, lots of areas of Gentoo are paid, infra, council,
newsletter editors, maybe even some low dollar stuff for new articles. I
am not talking about any great amounts. At best maybe like part time job
stuff, though if things got large enough maybe full time.
Anyway given the amount of work and responsibilities of officers. I am
not sure that will ever get done by volunteers. If there is never any
means to correct such. Then I guess its time to start talking to the
I rather not see Gentoo go to the SPI, but it cannot remain as it is
with regard to the foundation, financial neglect, and the rest.
William L. Thomson Jr.