[maemo-community] Election announcement article (formatting & questions)

From: Sunny B sunnyb7532 at gmail.com
Date: Fri Aug 19 16:16:38 EEST 2011
On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 4:49 AM, Graham Cobb <g+770 at cobb.uk.net> wrote:

> On Friday 19 August 2011 03:51:17 Sunny B wrote:
> > Agreed.  The referendum is rather open-ended and permits a variety of
> > governance options.  Deriving from your comment earlier, the current
> > referendum wording "authorizes" the council so the objections to binding
> > nature are no longer on point.
> Is there somewhere I should be looking to see the latest proposed draft of
> the
> referendum question?  The question should be comprehensively discussed on
> this
> list before issuing it and you are proposing to issue it on Monday, I
> think?

The issue is also being addressed on the forum, even though that may not be
the preferred mechanism for some of us.
http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=75863  Here is the referendum:

"Should the Community Council be authorized to form a governance structure
which sees the continued support of maemo devices and survival of
maemo-based and derived open source software even without Nokia involvement?

[ ] Yes
[ ] No"

I am keen that it very clearly and very simply allows the community to
> express
> its wish as to whether or not it wishes to see substantial effort going
> into
> maintaining the Maemo infrastructure (in particular, builds, repositories,
> bugzilla, etc) or whether it believes it is appropriate for the community
> to
> revert to being just a forum, a wiki and a collection of enthusiasts with
> their own application repositories.

I do not think that there is any suggestion that some sort of forum, wiki
> and
> mailing lists would not remain -- many individuals would be happy to host
> those.  There is that and more.  If you have not seen it, a *current *council
> member wanted to wind down maemo when Nokia funding ends and transition it
> to meego.com.   I called for a community vote.  The council member then
> starts "the end is coming" forum thread in which he says "the Maemo
> community is (almost) nothing without Nokia" and proposes to wind down
> maemo after Nokia funding ends and transition it into meego.com.  I
> proposed the referendum above so the community could decide for itself.

> The question needs to be very clearly about whether there is a goal to
> maintain the complex and expensive infrastructure.  I wish the question
> could be of that type because that it is the difficult issue to be decided.
> But the referendum was meant to decide the *current* impasse where some no
> longer support maemo and others want there to be a community-governed
> organization independent of Nokia.
> Keep the question simple and clear.  If the answer is yes, the council will
> have the job of working out what the solution is (and I, personally, would
> be
> keen to vote for people who commit to having a full discussion of the
> proposed
> solution on this list).  If the answer is no, I guess the council will
> probably voluntarily disband itself.  I am like minded.  I have already
> indicated that if the answer is no, then I will be abide by the decision if
> I am a council member next term.  However, others have implied that they
> will disregard the community vote.  Please make suggestions to the working
> if you think the referendum can be improved.
> Graham
Rob Bauer
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