[Members] getting active

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Mon Aug 21 21:54:04 CDT 2006

Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> On 16/08/06 at 14:02 -0600, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
>> I think we can establish a similar relationship between the membership
>> and the Board -- i.e., most of the organizational and "business"
>> discussion would happen on the members list whereas the Board would
>> mostly ratify initiatives that bubble up from the membership.
> One big problem with this will be scalability: going from a 5-members
> team to a 50+-members team. Discussions and reaching pseudo-consensus
> with 50 members will be very hard in most cases. How do you expect
> this to work ?

One answer is division of labor. We probably would have different people
doing the following:

- writing website content for www.jabber.org (e.g., Hal Rottenberg has
volunteered to do some of that)

- updating the software map

- administering the website server machine (e.g., keeping mediawiki and
drupal and mysql and apache up to date and secure)

- administering the mail server machine (updating the mailman package,
updating our spam filters, etc.)

- administering the xmpp server machine (e.g., keeping ejabberd up and

- running the intermediate CA (xmpp.net) I mentioned (there will be both
technical and "social" aspects to this, I think)

- doing data backups (currently Jonathan Siegle handles this)

- answering incoming communications

- publishing JEPs, er, XEPs (I've always done that, but nothing says
someone else couldn't do that)

- maintaining the Jabber/XMPP registries

- etc.

The people maintaining the registries wouldn't necessarily have a say in
the website content, the people administering the xmpp server machine
wouldn't necessarily have a say in how the intermediate CA is run, etc.


Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation

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