[Foundation] UPDATE from Board Meeting

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Thu Jul 31 14:29:45 CDT 2003


Russell:

The Board has been meeting about every six weeks, and that has proved to
be a productive schedule. A meeting was scheduled for July 22 but was 
postponed because of scheduling conflicts and the desire to wait for 
results of the name change vote before discussing the important matters 
that are before the community at this time.

One of those who proposed the name change asked me to request a delay in
the Board and Council position paper deadline so that people who backed
that proposal could sort out their next move and whether they wanted to
apply for Board and/or Council. In addition, the resolution that the
Board approved has some impact on our direction as an organization, and
the Board felt that it would be appropriate for the candidates to take
that resolution into account in their position papers. Combine that with 
the fact I've received only two Board position papers (when the Board has
five members), and a postponement seemed eminently appropriate. Finally,
Section 3.2 of the JSF Bylaws reserves to the Board the right to name
the time of the Annual Meeting. The three-week delay is not unreasonable
given the major decisions facing the organization.

Your allegations of ethical misconduct are unfounded.

Peter

On Thu, Jul 31, 2003 at 02:49:07PM -0400, Russell Davis wrote:
> Before seeing the resolution I can make no comment about it however I
> find the fact that the board was meeting on the day when position papers
> are due for their replacements and making decisions that have resulted
> in delaying the timetable extremely concerning. While there is nothing
> legally wrong in them doing this, tact and ethics should have resulted
> in them either having their meeting a day or more earlier or waiting
> until after the AGM. I feel this is extremely "unfair" to those who have
> worked hard to work within the initial timeframe to get their papers in
> on time.
> 
> If they could not have had their meeting earlier or later then the
> ethical course of action should have been:-
> 
> 1. papers still due at close of business today
> 
> 2. the discussion phase extended to cover the gap
> between the papers due date and the new proxy voting date
> created by delaying the AGM
> 
> 3. proceed as normal taking into account the delay
> 
> bst rgrds
> Russell
> 
> On Thu, 2003-07-31 at 13:53, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> > Today's meeting of the JSF Board of Directors just ended. As we all
> > know, this has been a time of ferment within the Jabber community, and
> > specifically within the JSF itself. The Board has passed an important
> > resolution that I think addresses most of the concerns raised by those
> > who recently proposed changing the name of the JSF. Because I must craft 
> > the specific text of that resolution and receive approval from the Board 
> > regarding that wording, I will not announce that resolution until later 
> > today or possibly tomorrow. However, given the current circumstances and
> > the need to reach broad agreement regarding the resolution approved
> > today before moving forward, the Board has decided to postpone the annual 
> > meeting of the JSF by three weeks, from August 27 to September 17. This 
> > will result in changes to the schedule for Board and Council elections as 
> > well. Specifically, the elections schedule is now as follows:
> > 
> > 1. August 21:  Board and Council position papers due
> > 
> > 2. August 22 - September 2: Discussion / Questions
> > 
> > 3. September 3 - 17: Proxy Voting
> > 
> > 4. September 17 @ 17:00 UTC: Annual Meeting
> > 
> > Please see my earlier announcement for more detailed information about 
> > the elections process:
> > 
> >    http://mailman.jabber.org/pipermail/members/2003-July/002493.html
> > 
> > Thank you.
> > 
> > Peter
> 



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