[Members] Feedback on votes

Kevin Smith kevin.smith at isode.com
Thu May 12 09:16:32 UTC 2016

On 10 May 2016, at 12:02, Dave Cridland <dave at cridland.net> wrote:
> My rule of thumb is that I want people to join because they want to help in the operations of the XSF; whether that's on the XEP Editor team, or helping with the website, or seeking and managing sponsors, or whatever else the XSF needs volunteers for (and there's a lot - the XSF really doesn't run itself, and a comparatively few people do a disproportionate amount of the workload). If members did more of those things, I'd be much more inclined toward ensuring we got some perks back again (in years gone by the XSF has picked up hotel tabs and all sorts, not just the occasional meal).
> So if someone has actively helped with something within the XSF - not the standards, but the website, for example - then that's a definite yes (even if it's small).

That seems reasonable, but I have a different take. I tend to ignore the stated reason for joining, and look at contributions (including standards work), and try to work out if the applicant is someone who has a sufficient motivation and understanding of the area to be someone able to a) help with the running of things, as Dave says, but also (importantly to me) b) make sensible decisions about the choice of candidates for Council and Board. So I care about participation on standards@ quite a lot.


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