[Members] XEP Editor function

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Mon Jan 6 22:25:59 UTC 2014

On Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 10:03 PM, Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter at stpeter.im>wrote:

> Since the inception of the XSF in 2001, I have functioned as the XEP
> Editor. Recently I've been thinking that it would be appropriate to
> turn the XEP Editor function into an XSF Work Team as described in
> Section 8.3 of the XSF Bylaws [1]. There's really nothing magic about
> the editor role [2] and I've become a bit of a bottleneck, plus I
> think that transparency would improve if we had a small team of people
> serving in this role.
> If XSF members think this is a good idea, I'll write up a proposed
> charter.

You know I'm in favour.

As a Board member, I'm sort-of your manager, and if I really were your
manager, I should be taken out and shot for letting you work the levels you

The XEP Editor function is certainly valuable, but it's not the kind of
value that's unique to you - a considerable amount of that function can be
handled by others, and you've set an excellent example to live up to. While
I hope you'd serve as chair and leader of that work team, I'd much rather
you delegated as much as you're comfortable with, and this is an excellent
first step.

Eventually, I'm hoping we can find more to delegate, so that you can
concentrate your time on things that benefit most from your unique
situation. Like, maybe, sleeping normally.

If anyone thinks I'm being either flippant, sarcastic, condescending, or
all three here, note that over the past month, Peter has (for example)
negotiated a gift from ISoc that has tripled our cash reserves - this kind
of work is hard, requires a lot of focus, and also needs good contacts in a
range of places - Peter has all these and yet we - the Board, the XSF
members, take your pick - let him get bogged down with vast quantities of
minutiae and paperwork. We've got over 50 members, I'd hope some of us can
pick up the drudge work and let Peter get on with the stuff only he can do.

Finally, I'll happily volunteer for the work team and do the boring bits.

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