[Foundation] name change proposal

Evan Prodromou evan at prodromou.san-francisco.ca.us
Thu Jul 10 11:18:51 CDT 2003

>>>>> "TB" == Tony Bamonti <tbamonti at jabber.com> writes:

    TB> What confuses me the most about this proposal is the assertion
    TB> that the JSF's role is restricted to only management and
    TB> extension of the protocol.  The JSF has ALWAYS represented a
    TB> central hub and formal advocacy body for the Jabber
    TB> community... [...]

Nicely said and well-thought-out.

    TB> With that in mind, I'd like to propose consideration of a
    TB> compromise approach that has already been suggested by a
    TB> couple of other members.  That is, to form a sister
    TB> organization (or sub-organization) called XMPP.ORG (or
    TB> something equivalent) that would take on the primary charter
    TB> and activities around standardization and evolution of the
    TB> protocol.  The JSF and XMPP.ORG would work under a common
    TB> incorporation, board and membership structure and shared
    TB> infrastructure.

    TB> Thoughts?

So, I personally appreciate the spirit of compromise and goodwill that
this particular proposal suggests. However, my gut feeling is that the
two separate organizations dividing the functions of the current JSF
would be less than the sum of the parts.

I think that, in terms of public perception and organizational
momentum, having one big independent organization concentrating all
the facets of interest in Jabber -- standards, community, developers
-- makes for a stronger Jabber and a better engine for growth and

N many smaller, divided organizations would not -- in my opinion -- be
able to build up the same critical mass.


Evan Prodromou
evan at prodromou.san-francisco.ca.us

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