[maemo-community] By-Laws for Hildonfoundation

From: gregor herrmann gregor+maemo at comodo.priv.at
Date: Sat Aug 25 02:25:26 EEST 2012
On Fri, 24 Aug 2012 19:37:01 -0000, Community Council: Niel Nielsen wrote:

> Therefore the feedback after review is necessary from community
> members and a final acceptance of the community is needed in order
> to establish a legal entity to be responsible for carrying out the
> Maemo.org infrastructure.

Some thoughts:

1) General

I don't see the necessity for creating a foundation instead of using
the services of e.g. SPI [0] or the SF Conservancy [1] in the USA or
FFIS e.V. [2] in Europe. Has this been considered, and if yes, why
were these options discarded?

2) On the text of the by-laws draft

| The Foundation shall maintain a community with open membership
| having minimal criteria for membership

Which criteria? Shouldn't they be spelled out in the by-laws?

| No member may be removed from the community except for violating
| procedures and rules that the community shall subsequently adopt.

s/community/Foundation/ I guess.
(The "community" doesn't exist legally so removal or admission isn't

| Within one year, the initial Board shall determine the criteria and
| method for the selection of subsequent Board of Directors.

I don't think that's a good idea. From my understanding of the nature
of by-laws, clarifying how officers are (s)elected is one of the
crucial things to have.

Thanks for your hard work on securing the future of maemo!


[0] http://spi-inc.org/
[1] http://sfconservancy.org/
[2] http://www.ffis.de/

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