[Members] Minutes of annual XSF meeting 2010-10-25

jehan at zemarmot.net jehan at zemarmot.net
Fri Oct 29 17:58:53 CST 2010


On Fri, 29 Oct 2010 18:18:58 -0400, bear <bear42 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Jehan,
> I think we would love that kind of help - why don't you draft what the
> post would be so we can use it as your "review" :) and I will post it.

Ok. I wrote this, hope this is ok:

Thus the XSF <a
and <a
members for 2010/2011 <a
be elected</a> this 25th of October 2010. And so they were.

As a reminder, the Board is the entity representing externally the
<strong>XMPP Standards Foundation</strong>, in particular in business
relations. As for the Council, its members approve the <em>XMPP
Extension Protocols</em>, after having carefully discussed them on our
many <a href="http://xmpp.org/participate/discuss-xmpp/">discussion
media</a> and listened to the opinions of our technical readers, whereas
they may be XSF members or not, renowned experts or students, or even
you, behind your screen.

So who are our brand new representatives? Hey, not that new actually,
as the XSF Board keeps all the same four individuals as the previous
year — Jack Moffit, Florian Jensen, Will Sheward and Nicolas Verité —
and welcomes additionally Mike Taylor for his first time ever on this

On technical side, four out of five XSF Council members are as well
simply keeping their role: Kevin Smith, Matthew Wild, Ralph Meijer and
Nathanael Fritz. We still welcome Matthew Miller, as for him definitely
not a first-timer on this position as he served three consecutive years,
long ago, in a time where dinosaurs were ruling the world (2003 to

Whereas we don't have anyone to regret from the 2009-2010 Board
(because they all remained, not because they were such craps. Follow me,
would you?); from the previous Council on the other hand, we would like
to thank for their good work those who left their place (still remaining
active members):
<dt>Dave Cridland</dt><dd> who actually resigned the first of march
2010 after 2.5 years serving the XSF in the Council. Lack of time was
the reason. One would say he wanted to spend more time with his family,
as a responsible husband, while he actually admitted he had work to do
related to some dead protocols… email and http. Nobody is perfect.</dd>
<dt>Remko Tronçon<dt><dd> who did not re-apply after one year serving
the Council and some nice achievements, like co-writing with Peter
Saint-André and Kevin Smith the soon best-seller <a
href="http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596521264/">XMPP: The Definitive
Thanks to both of you!

And now, enough for the regrets and the cry. Let's focus on future and
wish the new Board and Council <del>chance</del> success into
enlightening the XSF and XMPP in the hard Internet Standards jungle.
Because it is written on the web page: we provide real-time
collaboration. Yet our collaboration begins here, far before deciding
the shape that should take tiny bits for the networks to carry: simply
by participating in the XSF — in any role — for the sake of better
Standards, but even more in the end, for you.

> I'm thinking unless you write as bad as I do, it will quickly lead to
> you joining the Comm Team ;)

So was it too bad? :-/ I am listening to any comments, especially as I
am not a native English speaker.

The page listing the board and council members as well should be
updated as well, by the way.

> anyone think this is a horrible idea?

Anyway too late, I did my draft now.
And now I need to get some sleep. It is already the morning, the sun is
high in the sky, and I didn't sleep tonight.


> On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 18:04,  <jehan at zemarmot.net> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> do you need an additional editor for the xmpp.org news? I might help
>> for this kind of stuff if that's good for everybody.
>> Jehan
>> On Sat, 30 Oct 2010 00:12:45 +0200, Nicolas Vérité
>> <nicolas.verite at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Good idea. Who can draft that?
>>> Le 2010 10 30 00:04,  a écrit :
>>>> Hi,
>>>> couldn't a news be written on the xmpp.org [2] main page? That's the
>>> kind
>>>  > of stuffs which would really benefits the XSF. Communicate more...
>>>> See you!
>>>> Jehan
>>>> On Tue, 26 Oct 2010 09:51:05 +0200, Alexander Gnauck
>>>>  wrote:
>>>  >> The log of the meeting is here:
>>>>> http://logs.xmpp.org/xsf/101025/ [4]
>>>>> The agenda is here:
>>> http://xmpp.org/about-xmpp/xsf/meeting-minutes/xsf-member-meeting-2010-10-25/
>>> [5]
>>>  >>
>>>>> 1. Call for Quorum
>>>>> A quorum was established via proxy voting. 40 members were voting
>>> by
>>>>> proxy via memberbot.
>>>>> 2. Items Subject to a Vote
>>>  >>
>>>>> Topic 2a. Board Election
>>>>> Topic 2b. Council Election
>>>>> Topic 3. Opportunity for XSF Members to Vote in the Meeting
>>>>> No members voted during the meeting, since all members in
>>> attendance had
>>>  >> previously voted via memberbot.
>>>>> Topic 4. Announcement of Voting Results
>>>>> Topic 4a. Board Election
>>>>> Jack Moffit 38 2 95
>>>  >> Florian Jensen 37 3 92,5
>>>>> Will Sheward 37 3 92,5
>>>>> Mike Taylor 33 7 82,5
>>>>> Nicolas Verite 22 18 55
>>>>> Guillaume Le Gales 20 20 50
>>>>> The new XMPP Board consist of Jack Moffit, Florian Jensen, Will
>>>  >> Sheward, Mike Taylor, Nicolas Verite
>>>>> Topic 4b. Council Election
>>>>> Kevin Smith 37 3 92,5
>>>>> Matthew Wild 32 8 80
>>>>> Matthew Miller 30 10 75
>>>  >> Ralph Meijer 26 14 65
>>>>> Nathanael Fritz 24 16 60
>>>>> Tobias Markmann 19 21 47,5
>>>>> Waqas Hussain 18 22 45
>>>>> Abhinav Singh 8 32 20
>>>>> The new XMPP Council consist of Kevin Smith, Matthew Wild, Matthew
>>>  >> Miller, Ralph Meijer, Nathanael Fritz
>>>>> Congrats to our new Board and Council.
>>>>> 5. Any Other Business?
>>>>> a) voting process for Board and Council elections
>>>  >> Kevin Smith raised an issue with the current voting process where
>>> you
>>>>> have only 5 Yes votes for all Council applicants. It would be
>>> possible
>>>>> when we have some very strong candidates that the other candidates
>>>  >> don't reach 50% Yes votes required by our bylaws and we can't fill
>>> all
>>>>> 5 Council seats. The same applies to the Board. We will discuss
>>> this
>>>>> further on the memberlist and have to decide how we proceed before
>>> the
>>>  >> next board & council vote
>>>>> b) new webpage
>>>>> Currently we serve content on the old and the new pages. This
>>>>> confuses visitors. We will move all content to the new page ASAP
>>> and
>>>  >> setup all redirects. More disussions about this on the comm team
>>> list.
>>>>> 6. Formal Adjournment
>>>>> Regards,
>>>>> Alex
>>> Links:
>>> ------
>>> [1] mailto:jehan at zemarmot.net
>>> [2] http://xmpp.org
>>> [3] mailto:gnauck at ag-software.de
>>> [4] http://logs.xmpp.org/xsf/101025/
>>> [5]
>>> http://xmpp.org/about-xmpp/xsf/meeting-minutes/xsf-member-meeting-2010-10-25/

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