[Members] Goals for the XSF Board

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Mon Nov 24 15:42:44 UTC 2014


On 24 November 2014 at 15:33, Will Sheward <will at willsheward.co.uk> wrote:

>  On Fri, Nov 21, 2014, at 03:58 PM, Dave Cridland wrote:
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> On 21 November 2014 15:35, Laura <laura.gill at surevine.com> wrote:
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> If anyone would like to contribute ideas, we want to hear them! What goals
> would you like to see set for the Board for the year ahead?
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> So I noticed that someone (Will?) had suggested increasing membership
> numbers. I like this because it's an quantifier of interest, but I worry
> that if we're too fixated on simple metrics we might miss the broader
> picture. That is, while doubling our membership would probably be a good
> thing, if the additional members are "silent partners" in the community it
> won't really help us.
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> I suppose that it is theoretically possible that the current membership
> size is precisely right for an organisation of the XSF's type and goals. It
> is true to say that bigger is not always better but it's also true that the
> XSF has been bigger in the past and personally I'd like to know in a bit
> more detail why people take the decision not to re-apply. You'll see from
> the notes to this card that I've explained:
>
> "We seem to be OK at getting new members (16 new in the 2014 list compared
> to the 2010 one) not so good at retaining existing (34 names on the 2010
> list don't appear on the 2014 list)."
>
> .. and I think that's really the focus. Finding out why people leave and
> what/if we can learn from that in order to make the XSF more successful. I
> think this might lead to a bigger, more engaged membership but I'd be happy
> with a more engaged one as would you (below)....
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> I'd like to see the Board increase member participation. I'm not sure how
> one would measure the metric, nor precisely what constitutes participation
> - perhaps it's best if it's left as a vague thing, but we could also use
> quarterly surveys to find out both how people want to help the community,
> and how they have.
>
> Dave.
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> As you've pointed out, measuring this is hard. I'm keen on goals that can
> be measured and aren't open to interpretation. Perhaps "increase
> re-application rate" would be better than "increase membership"?
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>

You've thoroughly convinced me. I do agree that goals would benefit
enormously from measurable metrics.

I submit another related to this would be metrics based on this mailing
list; in effect, if we have more member posts, and more members posting,
this would be an unqualified Good Thing.

Dave.
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