Re: Random thoughts on this elections (was Re: Candidacy (Michael Meeks))

Hi Martin,
I think this is a good idea to maybe get some more information about
what this election actually is for, I guess I am one of the people who
just do some advocacy, and as such my impression of the GNOME foundation
has been that it is more of legal, financial and PR targeted organ than
an vehicle for steering the technical direction of GNOME. Seeing Michael
and now your mail has gotten me to question the validity of my previous

 I read through the GNOME Foundation charter after seeing this, and the
way it reads today I think most people would interpret the technical
tasks of the board to be of much smaller importance than it's other
roles, and like me would probably aim their votes towards a board well
fit to solve those tasks more than being in charge of the technical
evolution of GNOME.


> Michael Meeks <michael helixcode com> writes:
> > * Random thoughts on this election
> > 
> >     It worries me that so many non-hackers have put themselfs up
> > as candidates for board membership. [ _hacker_ hereinafter refers to
> > any or all of documenter, UI designer, artist, translator, and coder
> > ]. Here is an ( unfortunately negative ) list of people I think we
> > _don't_ need on the board:
> Hi guys,
> I think Michaels candidacy has brought up a very interesting and a very
> important topic: the fact that there seems to be a misunderstanding about
> what this election is good for and an even larger misunderstanding about
> what the board of directors of the GNOME Foundation is supposed to do.
> Michael, I fully agree with your concerns and I think we need to take
> action here and tell people what this election is about. Since our
> membership requirements are so lax we'll also get a larger number of
> non-technical people vote and there may be even some `users' who're just
> doing some "advocacy" to vote.
> -- 
> Martin Baulig
> martin gnome org (private)
> baulig suse de (work)
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