[Foundation] Criteria, Voting, Membership What does it mean?
bauer at michaelbauer.com
Tue Mar 12 13:14:44 CST 2002
On Tue, 12 Mar 2002, Ivan R. Judson wrote:
> > "Membership in the Jabber Software Foundation requires significant,
> > sustained, and measurable participation in furthering the mission of the
> > Jabber Software Foundation by providing organizational or technical
> > assistance as defined in the charter of the Jabber Software Foundation.
> > Membership is by election of a majority of current Members of the
> > Foundation. Applications detailing participation are required prior to
> > voting."
> This seems clearly focused and sufficiently vague. It however seems to omit
> the obvious participation of benevolent sponsors, which although perhaps not
> actively contributing benefit in name alone to the effort. This sounds odd,
> but I think it's a real issue.
We ommitted it so that people could not "buy" their way into Membership.
If people want to support the Foundation, great, they can make a
contribution but that didn't entitle them to a vote.
> > We should keep Membership requirements short and sweet and open to some
> > interpretation by the Members themselves. I think we could augment this
> > definition with a set of examples, though.
> > 1. Develop and contribute open source code.
> > 2. Define protocol extensions for open source code.
> > 3. Draft documentation for the use and adminstration of Jabber.
> > 4. Provide technical assistance in email and jabber forums.
> > 5. Assist in the organization and management of the Foundation.
> > 6. Support the development of Jabber web sites.
> > 7. Assist in defining the licensing of Jabber.
> > 8. Assist in managing the brand identity of Jabber.
> > 9. Provide support in organizing functions for Jabber community.
> > 10. Contribute to increasing the awareness of Jabber.
> This seems to fill out what purpose the foundation serves. Ie, logically,
> you have to do these things to be a part of the foundation, once part of it
> you have to continue to do them. Feels somehow odd. I don't have a
> concrete reason, but i'm working on it.
It is kind of a Catch-22. That's why we added the original language that
you had to "demonstrate a commitment" to doing these things, rather than
having to do them first before becoming a member. At this point, I think
people should do first and apply second.
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