[Members] Board & Council - have your say

David Banes dbanes at cleartext.com
Wed Feb 4 09:22:20 UTC 2015


+1 to this. I rarely post but...

I've floated in and out of the organisation since the beginning and really only stay on to read the posts to the various lists and track the XEP's for the few XMPP projects we've worked on. Whilst I don't have time to contribute significantly I do promote XMPP at every opportunity I get, which we all do.

I long ago realised that the organisation was very inward looking. During my single year as Chairman I was dismayed at the lack of interest in change (moving forward) or building a collaborative hub even with Jive Software offering to provide it at no cost and us (Cleartext) paying for and running the hosting if needed.

Many times I've thought that the XSF has had it's day and should really be rolled into another larger organisation which can take the rains, the IETF is the obvious one.

The walled gardens are back and here to stay in the consumer world but XMPP still has a role to play in the commercial and government sector but the Cisco's and Microsofts of the world could easily change that leaving XMPP a stalled legacy of the early internet.

I'll continue to give my full support to the XSF but I think the group needs to take a long hard look at its stated 'mission'.  Maybe it needs to change.

Regards,

David.

On 3 Feb 2015, at 22:49, Arc Riley <arcriley at gmail.com> wrote:

> The mission of the XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF) is to build an open, secure, feature-rich, decentralized infrastructure for real-time communication and collaboration over the Internet.
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>  The board by large does not, and is not, engaging in activities which further this mission.
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> What I would like to see is what the board is planning to address this, not a silly survey on whether we think a new xmpp.org website is more important than conducting a board meeting via videoconference.
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> The XSF has become an isolated microcosm. While its members are largely doing great work, we're doing it even isolated to each other with very little collaboration or momentum toward getting it used by the masses - who are wholly satisfied with walled garden services like Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, and Hangouts.
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> On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 5:13 PM, Dave Cridland <dave at cridland.net> wrote:
> The options for board at least were drawn from suggestions from members well as the board, both by asking, from candidate pages, and so on. That said, I'm sure that many of us will have had some new ideas.
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> Speaking as someone involved with previous boards, and the current council, I suspect both would be interested in whatever help and advice you can offer. That's both members in general, and Arc in particular.
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> On 3 Feb 2015 21:47, "Arc Riley" <arcriley at gmail.com> wrote:
> Where is the "none of the above" option?
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> On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 8:13 AM, XSF Board <board at xmpp.org> wrote:
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