[Members] job changes and organizational affiliations
stpeter at stpeter.im
Thu Mar 6 07:38:18 UTC 2014
Last night, Dave Cridland noted that he will be joining Surevine. Back
in January, both Philipp Hancke and I noted that we were joining &yet.
XSF members might wonder why certain people post such messages.
In my opinion it is most appropriate for those who serve on the XSF
Board of Directors (like Dave), the XMPP Council (like Philipp), or in
other roles like the Executive Director (me) to post such messages. The
purpose is to let the other members know about the potential for bias
and conflicts of interest.
That said, in my experience within the XSF and the IETF (specifically
while serving on the IESG ) I have not seen problems with having two
or more people who are currently affiliated with the same organization
also serve in similar community roles. I'm not saying it can't happen,
but in practice I have not seen it. The IETF saying that "we all
participate as individuals" might sound naive, but in technical matters
I think it's true. When both Matt Miller and worked at Jabber Inc. and
then Cisco, we didn't always agree about XEPs or Internet-Drafts we were
working on. Just because I have left Cisco and now work with Lance and
Philipp at &yet doesn't mean the three of us are suddenly in lockstep
about technical issues. And people who are employed by Cisco are
notorious about using the IETF as a way to hammer out technical issues
they can't agree on internally.
Naturally, XSF members might want to take organizational affiliations
into account when deciding who they want to choose for the Board and the
Council. However, in my opinion it is more important to choose people
with a wide range of knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience than
to focus primarily on organizational affiliation. Your opinions might
differ, of course. :-)
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