Gentoo Archives: gentoo-nfp

From: Roy Bamford <neddyseagoon@g.o>
To: gentoo-nfp@l.g.o
Subject: Re: Foundation existence and behavior (Was: [gentoo-nfp] Section 4.1 Member Classes)
Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 17:06:35
Message-Id: 1211735192.2653.0@spike
In Reply to: Re: Foundation existence and behavior (Was: [gentoo-nfp] Section 4.1 Member Classes) by "William L. Thomson Jr."
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On 2008.05.25 16:47, William L. Thomson Jr. wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-05-25 at 08:09 -0400, Richard Freeman wrote:
> > > The Foundation must remain accountable to developers. > > Who are foundation members by default, entitled to vote or have their > say on any foundational matters. > > -- > William L. Thomson Jr. > amd64/Java/Trustees > Gentoo Foundation >
Just to clarify the accountability. The Foundation is accountable to its members. That reflects the business world where 'members' of a corporation are 'share/stock holders' At the moment, members are anyone who has ever voted in a Foundation election. Developers are eligible to become Foundation members after being developers for a year. Those who chose not to vote are not Foundation members and the Foundation is not accountable to non members. There are lots of problems with this. e.g after a few years, most of the votes will be held by ex developers, drobbins is still a member, he has a vote and can stand for election as a trustee. He was nominated too. We cannot change the bit about being accountable to members but we are free to define the qualifications for membership. The requirements for membership now are so restrictive that we will not be able to find people to stand for election as trustees, simply because the set of people interested in becoming Gentoo devepers and those interested in becoming trustees has a very small intersection [1]. There are two ways address that. 1. Not have our own Foundation - join one of the umbrella organisations 2. Open up membership to Gentoo community participants who do not want to become developers in sense of the word as its used today. [1] if you doubt that, look at the fall off in trustees and the interest in becoming trustees, even in the wake of the publicity at the end of last year. - -- Regards, Roy Bamford (NeddySeagoon) a member of gentoo-ops forum-mods treecleaners trustees -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.9 (GNU/Linux) iEYEARECAAYFAkg5nJgACgkQTE4/y7nJvas+rwCgvNOkL4Cjid5qaQTyR9mnrXyS YecAoOS08QwRx8hEF2rOWOBTMFzICoos =3BWS -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- -- gentoo-nfp@l.g.o mailing list