[OSGeo-Discuss] End the vote!

Mateusz Loskot mateusz at loskot.net
Tue Jul 16 04:17:16 PDT 2013

On 16 July 2013 11:42, Volker Mische wrote:
> On 07/16/2013 01:53 AM, Frank Warmerdam wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 4:17 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>>     Hi Adrian and Jeff,
>>     Your points are very similar to those raised in April -> June 2012
>>     [1] when discussing the concept of "OSGeo Advocate" (previously
>>     referred to as "OSGeo Ambassador").
>>     [1] http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/discuss/2012-May/thread.html
>>     There is a tension between people wishing an exclusive "label" or
>>     "badge" which easily identifies a level of expertise and community
>>     recognition, verses a desire to be inclusive of everyone who applies.
>> Adrian / Cameron,
>> I just wanted to stress that there is also a "responsible governance" role
>> for charter members.  They exist in order to be a representative body
>> representing our community.  They are responsible for selecting the
>> board and more broadly to ensure that the organization isn't intentionally
>> or accidentally subverted by some other interest group.
>> Somewhat hypothetically imagine if all the students (of all types) at
>> a university got nominated.  Or if we had some money in the bank, and
>> advocates of some charity had the clever idea of nominating 1000
>> members so they could redirect our funds into their mission.
>> So some degree of limitations on charter membership election aren't
>> just about maintaining some exclusivity for status purposes.  They are
>> to avoid the organization being derailed from it's mission to easily.
>> I am personally in favor of allowing a fairly large number of charter
>> members, but also of de-emphasizing the distinction between
>> charter members and all the rest of our membership and community.
>> Charter member is a *mechanism* to keep the organization
>> reasonably representative but not otherwise (imho) supposed to
>> be important.
> I agree. I think such a restriction is needed that in case of an abuse
> it can be stopped.


Best regards,
Mateusz  Loskot, http://mateusz.loskot.net

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