Re: Questions for all board candidates

On Fri, May 27, 2011 at 7:23 AM, Bastien Nocera <hadess hadess net> wrote:
On Fri, 2011-05-27 at 06:11 -0700, Jeff Schroeder wrote:
> On Fri, May 27, 2011 at 3:53 AM, Bastien Nocera <hadess hadess net> wrote:
> ... snip ...
> >>  what about recording how board members vote
> >> on a given topic. This includes +1 / -1 / abstains and perhaps give a
> >> small comment on any -1 or abstain.
> >
> > Stormy brought this up last year, to a number of individual members of
> > the Board, but we failed to put it in place. It places a large strain on
> > the minute taker though, so I guess we'll have to see the technicalities
> > of implementing it.
> Perhaps there is a way some of this could be automated? Brian does a
> great job of keeping insanely detailed minutes, but I fear anything
> with a bus factor of exactly 1. This would be greatly enhanced if more
> of the meetings (not saying all of them mind you) were in IRC. There
> could even be an application that helps tally the votes and whatnot. I
> dunno, but this is not an insurmountable problem. Again... where
> possible, the Board should set the example for openness just like when
> GNOME set the example for openness before QT was free software.

I didn't say that some sort of automation couldn't be implemented, just
that it hasn't yet. Volunteers more than welcome.

Right now, the note taking is done through a gobby instance. Given that
gedit has collaboration tools, and support for some versions of gobby
server, it could be done through a custom plugin. Would be a neat trick.

I am happy to help record votes in Gobby.

But if someone is going to spend time automating something, please, please, please help automate the financial stuff. Paypal, gnucash and our Friends of GNOME system really needs to be integrated. Several people have looked at it but it's still a very tedious, manual process that takes a lot of Rosanna and German's time.


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