[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Voting for new OSGeo Charter Members open until 6th June 2008

Jeroen Ticheler Jeroen.Ticheler at fao.org
Sun Jun 1 06:31:27 PDT 2008

+1 from me.
I'm actually curious to understand what the reason is behind the  
number of new charter members. The policy says:
"The number of new members will be between 10% and one third of the  
existing charter membership count as decided by the board."
Now, that means an ever increasing number even if the total OSGeo  
community would be shrinking. Shouldn't the number of new charter  
members also be related to e.g. the number of people subscribed to the  
OSGeo discuss list (or another community size indicator)?

On May 31, 2008, at 5:00 AM, Dave Patton wrote:

> P Kishor wrote:
>> So, on the basis of a highly scientific polling methodology, we  
>> have 5
>> for inviting all 18 nominated to become Charter Members and 2 for
>> leaving 3 behind.
>> There is some logic in sticking with the program, but programs have  
>> to
>> be malleable and changeable with the times and situation. 15 is as
>> arbitrary a number as 18. My choosing 15 out of the list is going to
>> 100% irrational and arbitrary.
> 3 is as arbitrary a number as 4, or 5, or 6.....
> So what would happen if there were 19 nominations,
> or 20 or 21 ....
> Changing the policy may be appropriate, but not
> during the process. For example, knowing that
> the 'magic number' is 15, some people might
> have decided not to make further nominations
> on seeing a list of 18 well qualified nominees,
> but may have made a different choice had they
> known the 'magic number' could be changed.
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