[Members] XEP-0001: Remove impossible guarantee from XSF Objectives

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Tue Jan 14 02:19:40 UTC 2020


On 1/13/20 5:13 PM, Travis Burtrum wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> I was asked to give some more context to my github PR[1] with an email
> to the members list, so here it is.
> 
> The line I am proposing to remove is:
> 
>> To guarantee that any person or entity can implement the protocols
> without encumbrance.
> 
> Basically the XSF being an organization that crosses all jurisdictions,
> this simply isn't possible.  As far as I know we have no members
> qualified to give legal opinions, and thus shouldn't even try.  Whether
> a given person/business/entity can implement a XEP in their jurisdiction
> can only be decided by them and their lawyers.
> 
> All the other Objectives listed there are clear and achievable, this one
> is neither, and should be removed.

These are objectives, not promises. I would prefer:

   To guarantee, as far as possible, that any person or entity
               ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
   can implement the protocols without encumbrance.

Peter




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