[Members] 2013 Board and Council Elections - questions for candidates

Peter Waher Peter.Waher at clayster.com
Mon Oct 14 23:29:09 UTC 2013


My thoughts on what the board of directors could/should do the coming year:

XMPP is one of many technologies and proposals under consideration in various emerging areas of development (some overlapping more than others), such as the Internet of Things, Semantic Web, Smart Cities, Grid Computing, Machine-to-Machine communication, distributed networking, social networking, etc. While the council can work to make XMPP better suited for any one area of development, the XSF Board of directors should work to make (or help to make) these solutions known in the world outside of the XSF, and connect interested parties from different groups together, with the aim of promoting XMPP as a versatile protocol, but also to learn from other emerging technologies.

Furthermore, I would like to see the board of directors, in a transparent manner, informing the XSF about such work taking place, actively working with the council in particular and the XSF in general to spread the word inside the organization, once original contact with other parties has been made. Today, much of this information is shared only in chat rooms and chat logs.

Furthermore, much work done on/with XMPP is done in silence, i.e. outside of the knowledge of the XSF. The reason must be because it is not clear to everybody, that the XSF can help interested parties to develop technologies (or act as a sounding board) for their particular needs. Developing extensions together with the XSF can only improve the usability of the extension, or inform parties of parallel work. Many choose to implement "proprietary extensions", which will work fine, but the work is lost from the perspective of a broader audience. Also, there are many misconceptions about XMPP and what it can and cannot do outside of the XSF.

I would also like to see a more active presence in social networks or forums where these things are discussed. Board members might invite experts from the XSF to joins threads, where the board sees a need to promote XMPP, both conceptually and  technically. Today, much of such communication is done by enthusiasts only, and is often misinformed.

It is also important for the board to make sure published information (on the web page and wiki pages) is up to date.

In order for the board to make sure the above can be accomplished, it needs to better delegate responsibilities to more members, and perhaps create clear working groups for specific fields of interest, and so divide the work load. XMPP has outgrown what is possible for any single individual to completely master. People can be experts in some fields, but not in all. The organization needs to reflect this, both organizationally and in its manner in which responsibilities is accordingly delegated. Correctly identifying such areas if interest by the board is thus of utmost importance for the successful growth and promotion of XMPP.

Best regards,
Peter Waher

From: Dave Cridland [mailto:dave at cridland.net]
Sent: den 14 oktober 2013 18:27
To: XSF Members
Cc: S Moonesamy; laura.gill at surevine.com
Subject: Re: [Members] 2013 Board and Council Elections - questions for candidates

I am a candidate for Board, of course, but I have a question for the members. Sorry for getting this all the wrong way around.

What do you expect the Board to do this year?

I'm afraid it's a pretty open question, so let me give some examples. In the xsf at muc.xmpp.org<mailto:xsf at muc.xmpp.org> chatroom earlier, Lance mentioned that he'd like to see the Board put more effort and resources behind marketing XMPP, and I can certainly agree with that. The Board could also organize bigger and better summits, or XMPP meet-ups, perhaps.

It can also raise more sponsorship, finance development of test suites, maybe even provide developers with bounties for implementing new XEPs. It can provide oversight for the XSFs activities, ensuring the right processes exist and are followed.

I'm not saying any of these are the right thing for the Board to be doing (some are even the wrong thing, I think), but I think right now that the Board doesn't have much of a concrete remit, and that's a shame because not only is it a waste of some serious talent, but also it means it's very hard to know who to vote for. We have candidates who can provide marketing talent, organizational drive, public speaking skills, oversight, and lots more. But which of those you want on the Board really depends on what you want the Board to be doing.

So...What do you expect the Board to do this year?


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