[Board] have fun today, hopes

christopher.schmidt at nokia.com christopher.schmidt at nokia.com
Mon Sep 13 04:39:47 PDT 2010

On Sep 13, 2010, at 7:01 AM, ext Venkatesh Raghavan wrote:

> Hi All,
> Was great to meet up with board past and
> present. Particularly wonderful to meet
> Mark and Jo from the board that I served.
> On 2010/09/13 19:46, Markus Neteler wrote:
>> On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 12:11 PM, Mark Lucas<mlucas17 at mac.com>  wrote:
>> ...Count me in, I'm
>>> hoping to have more time to re-engage.  At the very least, we could gossip
>>> about how we used to do it in the old days.....  I nominate Venka to lead
>>> us....
>>> Mark
>> I'd like the idea of an extra "advisory board of former directors" who
>> volunteer
>> to participate and offer their opinions on the actual work to be done by us
>> board members.
> We can get started with having a mailing list
> ex-board at lists.osgeo.org. I would prefer this
> list to be private so have more fun and gossip.
> If most of the ex-board active on this list, I
> would like to request Frank or someone in SAC
> to kindly create the list for us.

I guess I'm confused; why is the board list itself not an appropriate venue
for this kind of discussion?

All members of the OSGeo community are welcome to participate here, and I think
that the ex-board members hold a significant amount of impact and sway in
the community -- otherwise they wouldn't have been on the board to begin with.

Encouraging ex board members to remain on the board mailing list and
offer their advice at any point seems perfectly reasonable and wise to
me. On the other hand, hosting a private mailing list for ex-board members
seems unnecessary to me. 

If someone can explain to me why the board list itself is not an ideal
venue for this, I am interested to hear.

-- Chris

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