[Members] teams

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Tue Sep 6 19:28:54 UTC 2011

A few weeks ago in the XSF Board meeting, we discussed the purpose of
the "XSF teams". My feeling is that we set up the teams mostly to solve
particular problems (well, and also to give most people something to do,
or to make some people feel important because they could be the boss --
not a good reason). At this point the communications team and the
technical review team are not active. The infrastructure team is active
but that's because we always need to make sure the servers and website
and wiki and email lists are functioning properly. I do wonder about the
value of formalizing volunteers into teams as described in Section 8.3
of the bylaws:


Specifically, people wonder if they need to be team members in order to
help out with things like the website. I don't see a need for such a
restriction. However, the bylaws state:

   Participation in Teams shall be limited to elected Members of the

The bylaws also state:

   The specific nature of the Team’s responsibilities shall be defined
   by a Team Charter, which must be approved by the Board. The Charter
   shall also define the process by which Team members shall be chosen
   or approved.

I suggest that we remove the sentence about limiting participation to
elected members of the XSF, and simply leave the process of selecting
team members up to the charter for each team.


Peter Saint-Andre

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