Subject: Re: Bruce Perens rejected from license-proliferation committee.
From: Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.Coar@Golux.Com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 12:01:40 -0400

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Kevin Bedell wrote:
> 
> There's no reason that nominations for committees shouldn't be
> proposed and voted on using public mailing lists.

Well, there actually is, kinda, sorta.  It's the definition
of whose votes are binding.  Having a vote on a mailing
list when the votes aren't binding is another avenue to
trouble.  As if there weren't enough already. :-)

> This approach has the advantages of 1) minimizing the risk of people
> questioning the decision making criteria (as is happening here), and
> 2) keeping decisions makers honest since they know their decisions
> are all going to be public and documented on the mailing lists.

+1

> The Apache Software Foundation has had great success using this
> model. Open and public decision making is one of the cornerstones of
> their process and (I believe) one of the reasons why their
> 'meritocracy' model works so well.

When I joined the OSI board last year, I was frankly surprised
that tne bylaws and articles of incorporation weren't on the
Web site.  And that minutes from past board meetings were from
sketchy to nonexistent/unavailable.

I've been advocating portions of the Apache model where they
seem to make sense at OSI.  I, too, think that OSI's public
business should be done openly and transparently.  But we're
not there yet.

For a start, the bylaws are supposed to be on the site.  I don't
see them there yet; probably our volunteer webmaster hasn't
gotten to it yet.  (I just finished HTMLising them and adding the
amendments a few days ago.)  Until they're visible on the OpenSource.Org
site proper, you can find a copy at http://Ken.Coar.Org/osi-bylaws

Another aspect of transparency that's being worked on I'll
cover in another reply to a more aligned post.
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