[Members] Why I did not reapply ...

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Fri Jan 20 10:59:54 CST 2006

Paul Curtis wrote:
> Matthias Wimmer wrote:
>> I got asked, why I did not reapply for the JSF membership this time. I 
>> just wanted to tell, that the reason is not, that I am not interested 
>> anymore in the JSF, but that I just did not manage to get an account 
>> on the wiki.
> I will not reapply to the JSF until the application submission is 
> changed. I am not, nor do I wish to be, a Wiki author. I will be more 
> than willing to reply to application questions as was done in the past.
> A Wiki is wholly inappropriate for applying to an organization.

In the past, applicants filled out a form with answers to certain 
questions (with no preview mechanism), the answers went into a database, 
and during the voting period the applications were shown online via a 
PHP script. One problem was that applicants could not update or change 
their applications, so they would ping the Secretary of the JSF about 
making changes and such. Using and editable website (a.k.a. wiki) has 
made the process easier for applicants, I think. (Plus we got rid of PHP 
after the rootkit, for security reasons, and have not re-enabled it.) 
It's easy enough to obtain a wiki account, just ping a Sysop (of which 
there are 5), as 74 people have already done:


If people have philosophical objections to editable websites (even when 
the editing permissions are locked down), then I'd like to hear them. 
But so far I fail to see how the technology of an editable website is 
inappropriate for use in applying for membership in the JSF.


Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation
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