Re: Changes to the GNOME board

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 2:12 PM, Gregory Leblanc
<headmaster albus dumbledore gmail com> wrote:
> Hi folks, couple of comments and questions below.
> On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 1:56 PM, Behdad Esfahbod <behdad behdad org> wrote:
> [snip]
>> Diego Escalante Urrelo will be joining the board as a new member for
>> the remainder of this term. Diego was a candidate for the board in the
>> last election, and his energy, new blood, and Latin American
>> perspective will be a great addition to the board.
> As I wasn't sure what the procedure was for the board of directors, in
> the case of a resignation, I went and grabbed a copy of the bylaws
> from  Section 4
> subsection d it states that the board can fill a vacancy by a vote of
> the remaining directors.
> With that said, Congratulations Diego!
> I do have one question about the bylaws, though.  I seem to recall a
> large discussion about changing the term of the directors to be 18
> months instead of 1 year.  However, Section 3 subsection a still
> states that directors hold office for one (1) year.  I also noticed
> that the history information at the bottom of the document states that
> the last change was April 5, 2002.  I'm sure that the discussion I
> recall was more recent than this.
> What is the current term of a member of the Gnome Foundation Board of Directors?

I believe one year, with an exception for the current 18-month term in
order to align elections with the timing of GUADEC.

> What is the official location of the Bylaws governing the Gnome
> Foundation?  If it is the above URL, and the term is not still 1 year,
> how can we get this copy updated?  If it's not this URL, can somebody
> tell me where it is, and can we make link to it
> prominently?

At the moment, there is nothing better than what you've found.

I have been (slowly) in the process of revising our official
documents; I hope to finish and formalize them during the next
semester. If you're interested, you can participate in this process by
editing and commenting on the documents in

Not that this excuses the sloppiness on our part, but note that there
is no requirement in CA non-profit law that there be One True Copy of
these documents; it is sufficient to track the original + the
amendments/diffs. (I worked with some documents over the summer where
this situation persisted for decades.) It absolutely makes things an
utter PITA to deal with- like releasing new versions as diffs rather
than new tarballs- but doesn't cause a formal problem for our status
as a non-profit.


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