[Members] XSF membership: what does it mean?

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Wed Nov 5 03:52:57 CST 2008


On Tue Nov  4 22:51:11 2008, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> We could change that. We could ask XSF members to get more heavily
> involved in website development, running the jabber.org service,  
> doing
> interop testing, marketing, and so on. That would be great, if  
> people
> are interested. But I don't see a strong reason to limit things so  
> that
> only XSF members can help with any of those tasks.
> 
> 
I think Jehan's point is well-made here - most of the membership is  
probably just waiting to be asked. You might ask - and probably will  
- why the membership isn't more proactive in finding jobs to be done,  
but I suspect it's not laziness, but lack of direction.

I think, basically, we have a pretty sizable bunch of enthusiastic  
people waiting to be told what to do.

There are, essentially, two different kinds of work that members can  
usefully do, and we have leadership for those in the Board and the  
Council.

As a Council member, then, I'll very happily find some work for  
people to do if they want - in fact, let's stick this on the Council  
agenda for this evening, and anyone who's offering to help with the  
unglamorous, boring grunt work of specification reviews is very  
welcome to show up and get given things to do.

Of course, if nobody shows up, I'll assume that Jehan is wrong, and  
I'm showing a rare streak of optimism, and revert to my usual cynical  
self.

> After all, agreement is overrated. :)

Oh, I'm not sure I agree with that.

Dave.
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