Board meeting minutes - was (Re: A question for the candidates)

On 05/28/2012 07:29 AM, Tobias Mueller wrote:
ne doesn't know what is happening and thus
being able to take influence. So I would try to have the minutes sent
around ASAP. But as far as I could see, nobody was suffering enough yet
to publicly ask whether it'd be possible to make things more (timely)

Again I guess we were spoiled by former board secretary in the previous years who was automatically emailing the meeting notes 2 weeks after the meeting. This year (2011-2012) minutes were published as follows:
- Meeting of July 26, 2011 -> publish on August 23rd : 1 month later
- Meeting of August 9th, 2011 -> published on October 18th: 2+ month later (publish together with 4 other meeting minutes).

I personally even thought meetings were not happening anymore and considering the reactions I get when asking questions to the board I have just given up on asking for the time being. Note that I feel sending minutes is a board problem and not necessarily the secretary alone. I believe in getting things done rather than blaming individuals.

One question was eventually asked when getting those minutes and the answer was "_topic_in_question_ should be marked as private" - again a typical "sorry we can't tell you" answer which I got quite often during public foundation IRC meetings.

So at this stage you may start to understand why some members of the community feel that somehow "the Board of Directors is a bit divorced from the rest of the GNOME project" whereas GNOME project can mean its own community. Your mileage may vary.

Meeting minutes seems crucial to run a public discussion between the board and its members as Germán has highlighted and it's not because no one asked that no one thought it was not important anymore.

I will just quote Randy Pausch from his last lecture to conclude (Randy Pausch style, not mine): "When you're screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they've given up on you."

Maybe that's something that both the current and new board should think about.


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