[Members] teams

David Banes dbanes at cleartext.com
Thu Oct 8 17:20:33 CDT 2009

This in part demonstrates the crux of my frustrations that I talked  
about in a recent email to the 08-09 board and alluded to in my email  
withdrawing my nomination for the 09-10 board.

At the start of the 08-09 board term I suggested (based on my  
experience with other associations) that we needed to get the  
membership count, revenue and PR levels up and we that we could do  
this by setting up VT's (virtual teams) to tackle areas like those  
listed below.

It's great that we now recognise the need for these, just a shame that  
cold water was poured on the idea and others from then new board  
members a year ago. A year is along time in this industry, and I get  
bored easily if I see complacency.

The XSF will continue to struggle to build a profile, like Mozilla for  
example, all the while it takes this long to move on something or  
ideas from new board and council members are stifled.

Before you ask why I bothered standing again, it's because I believe  
in XMPP and that the XSF could do great things, I'm always willing to  
try again, and again. I'll be nominating myself next again year,  
boards need 'old guys', or girls, with broader business experience.

That's as close to a dummy spit as I'll get, my hands up for 2,5 and 6  
below. :)



On 09/10/2009, at 1:26 AM, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:

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> So let's make a list of possible teams. Some of these already exist in
> various forms. Here are a few...
> 1. Infrastructure. This team works on system administration and tools,
> such as source control, website plumbing, mailing list administration,
> DNS, certificates, XEP conversions to HTML and PDF (thanks Tobias!),  
> and
> the like. This team already exists but could be more formal (e.g., I
> doubt that XSF members know who does all this work).
> 2. Marketing and Communications. This team works on blog posts, the
> xmpp.org website, whitepapers, case studies, pruning the wiki, etc.
> Currently this is mostly done by me, Nyco, and Will. We could use  
> some help.
> 3. Spec Review. This team doesn't exist. Reviews happen haphazardly  
> for
> XEPs in the inbox, Last Call, Call for Experience, and the all- 
> important
> old specs that need to be maintained and updated. This team might also
> review schemas and examples for accuracy, etc.
> 4. Interoperability. This team doesn't exist, although Fritzy has  
> done a
> bit of work here (thanks, Nathan!). Let's build a good test suite,  
> keep
> track of existing implementations so that we can have focused interop
> testing, run interop events at the XMPP Summit meetings, find a way to
> do online testing, etc.
> 5. Conferences. We need people to plan the Summit meetings, send
> speakers to other conferences, etc. No team here yet -- this has  
> mostly
> been done by me and the Board.
> 6. Recruitment and Membership. Let's recruit more active members, help
> those who are members, provide mentoring to new members, etc. No team
> here yet.
> That's plenty to get started with...
> Peter
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