[Foundation] number of Council members

Matt Tucker matt at jivesoftware.com
Tue Jul 29 17:37:03 CDT 2003


+1 on 5 members, although it would be very bad if any of the five people 
elected start to shirk on their duties. :)


Peter Saint-Andre wrote:

> Traditionally, the Jabber Council has contained nine members. The
> history behind the number 9 is that we borrowed this number from the
> Apache Software Foundation (IIRC). However, there is nothing in the JSF
> Bylaws [1] that sets the number of Council members at 9. Recently, the
> Council discussed this issue [2], and the consensus seems to be that it
> would be more productive for the Council to have 5 or 7 members. After
> thinking about it for a while, I think 5 would be best, but if that does
> not work we could of course expand it back up to 7. I do think 9 is too
> large, and that a smaller Council would be more agile and would make
> decisions more quickly.
> If JSF members have opinions on this (and I'm sure you do), I'd like to
> hear them. Unless there are strenuous objections to setting the number
> of Council members at 5 (at least for the 2003-2004 term), I will seek
> Board approval for this change (since IMHO it is too late for the JSF
> membership to vote on it, and I don't think that a vote is absolutely
> necessary on this matter anyway).
> Thanks.
> Peter
> [1] http://www.jabber.org/jsf/bylaws.php
> [2] http://mailman.jabber.org/pipermail/council/2003-July/000962.html
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