Re: Future plans

Le jeudi 05 février 2004, a 13:51, Eric Baudais a ecrit :
2 is definitely a top priority. But we need to work on it. I won't be
able to do anything about that in the next 2 or 3 weeks. Any volunteer?

We need to collaborate with the hackers who expressed interest in the
thread on the foundation-list to devise a good policy and
implmentation for anonymous voting.  This is the first step.  Then we
can submit the proposal to the foundation-list and alter it according
to the comments.  Afterwards we will have the referendum.

Good idea. Any volunteer? Or should we wait for the new members of the

I'm working on 3 right now. See next mail.

AFAIK, Eric is working on 4. He may need some help. What's the status
I remember seeing a french project that does more or less what we want:
A demo is available here:

I'll look into this hopefully during the weekend.  I hope the entire
site isn't in French because I cannot read very much French at all.

IIRC it's mostly in French. But the demo is understandable by everyone,
I suppose (ok, I understand because I'm French, but...)
I did not look at the project that much. It looks like it might be
useful, though.

As for 5, we definitely need to discuss with the board. Glynn is
listening here and I'm sure he's eager to help us. Right now, here's
what I'd like to discuss:
  * one-year membership

Excellent idea.  This 2 year membership renewal confuses a lot of the

  * all renewals on the same date (=> it will ease our work because we
    won't need to track every renewal)

Another good idea to help people get into a habit of sending in their
renewal around the same time every year.

  * what is the exact status of the committee? This is not clear for me:
    we have an official role, but how are the members of the committee
    chosen? How does it work? I don't want to add bureaucracy, but we
    need some clear rules.

I would like to see some guidelines from the board about the role of
the membership committee.  Maybe adding terms 

Totally agree for the terms.
What about this: people are in the committee for two years, and every
year half the committee is renewed to ensure there's a continuation.

  * recently, I've seen people asking for membership because they want a e-mail address. This is not good.

I think we need to better define what the role of the foundation is
and how to be a good member.

  * how can we make more people vote?

More people have to understand the role of the foundation and care
about the direction it is taking.  I think we need more communication
from the board on their projects and Tim and Leslie on how the
foundation is spreading the GNOME love across the world.  Tim's year
end summary was great and I would like to see monthly reports sent the
foundation list on the work they are doing.

I need to elaborate on some more of the above points.  I'm hurrying
because I need to get back to work and want you European folks to see
this today.

Thanks for your feedback on those points. I hope you'll have time to
elaborate a bit on this :-)


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