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From: Roy Bamford <neddyseagoon@g.o>
Subject: Re: Spending money authority
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2008 18:48:22 +0100
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On 2008.06.12 15:34, Richard Freeman wrote:
>
> Currently they are essentially the same.  However, the reason I bring 
> this up is that there is some debate over whether the foundation 
> membership should be substantially expanded beyond just gentoo devs 
> (possibly including end-users, or those willing to pay a membership
> fee 
> of some sort).  These kinds of situations could lead to the sorts of 
> conflicts I'd like to avoid, as now you have two boards with 
> different
> 
> agendas in charge of aspects of the same project.
> -- 
> gentoo-nfp@g.o mailing list
> 

The constituencies are not the same but today, under the draft bylaws, 
they are diverging. That is something the trustees need to fix in the 
first formal adoption of bylaws.

To vote in a council election, developers must have been developers for 
a year (from memory). Thus the council represents the views of that 
group of developers. Also, only developers may serve as councilors.

To qualify to vote in a trustee election, the electorate is formed from 
foundation member and those eligible to become a foundation member.
At present, you become a foundation member by voting in a trustee 
election. To be an eligible non-member, you need to have been a 
developer for a year. Read that a few times, its a little circular.

This means that the foundation represents its members who are all the 
dev's who have ever voted in an election. Only foundation members may 
serve as trustees.

Under present draft bylaws foundation membership never lapses so such 
famous past developers as drobbins (our first president) have votes and 
could become trustees. Thus under present draft bylaws the foundation 
becomes more representative of members who are ex devs, simply because 
one day, ex devs members will outnumber active dev members.

Note that elegible active devs who have never voted in a trustee 
election are not foundation members.

- -- 
Regards,

Roy Bamford
(NeddySeagoon) a member of
gentoo-ops
forum-mods
treecleaners
trustees

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