[maemo-community] Community council elections

From: Andrew Flegg andrew at bleb.org
Date: Wed Aug 13 15:59:02 EEST 2008
On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 12:20 PM, Dave Neary <dneary at maemo.org> wrote:
> At the IRC meeting last night, I asked the question: is there still
> interest in having a community council?

Thanks for picking this up, I'm swamped with work at the moment, and
as you say below...

> I was assured that there was, and that Jaffa was involved in organising
> it, but was worried about a conflict of interest, since he wanted to be
> a candidate.

Indeed. It also seemed a little egocentric to come up with an idea,
push it, advertise it, advocate it and then say "OK, let's do it".

> 1. Open candidatures for the election straight away, for 2 weeks.
>  - I'm going on holiday the 15th for two weeks
>  - We can close nominations the 1st of September.
>  - Candidates should have 100 karma points as of tonight, 23:59. I can
> post the list of elligible candidates tomorrow.
>  - Candidates should send a candidacy announcement to
> maemo-community at maemo.org listing: Name, Company affiliation, and
> reasons for running for the community council.

Sounds good.

> 2. Decide election process, and number of members of community council

This should already *be* decided on the wiki page: there was a long
debate and a consensus reached. So your summary is right as far as I'm

>  - I favour one man, one vote
>  - 5 community council members as proposed on the wiki
>  - Elligible voters will have:
>   * a maemo.org account for more than 3 months on the date of the end
> of the election (that is, 2 months ago)
>   * more than 25 karma points, as of 23:59 tonight
>  - I'll post the list of elligible voters tomorrow.
>   * One proviso: it's easier to take the list of everyone who has an
> account today (or at a given date in general)...
>  - I'll figure out how to get a list of names, email addresses & karma
> with account creation dates today. (X-Fade, help!)

Only thing I'd say is that the eligibility to vote should be dated not
from tonight but the date of the start of the voting process? Or, at
least, as close as possible to it.

> 3. Election software
>  - I propose that we use something like the GNOME election software

Sounds good.

> In the wiki, it's marked "the date of election be publicised more than 1
> month in advance" - I'd like to propose that the election happen between
> the 2nd of September and the 9th of September, which is not in
> conformance with the wiki, but I would like to see the council elected
> before Berlin. Can I consider it OK to bend this requirement for the
> first election by one week?

I'd say so; getting the council in place before the summit would be
ideal. The advertising should be officially publicised on maemo-*
lists and an announcement on maemo.org/news/?

Other community members can pick it up and post it on ITT, Tablet
Scene, p.m.o as they see fit.



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