[squeak-dev] Squeak Constitution

Ronald Spengler ron.spengler at gmail.com
Sun Mar 7 05:38:55 UTC 2010

I think it's silly too.

On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 6:24 PM, David T. Lewis <lewis at mail.msen.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 06, 2010 at 07:24:29PM -0500, Matthew Fulmer wrote:
>> On Sat, Mar 06, 2010 at 07:01:24PM -0500, Matthew Fulmer wrote:
>> > On Sat, Mar 06, 2010 at 04:38:22PM -0700, Ken G. Brown wrote:
>> > > I would like to know what each candidate thinks about creating
>> > > 'Terms of Reference' or 'Terms of Engagement' or
>> > > 'Constitution' or 'Clear Governance Articles' or 'Rules and
>> > > Regulations' for the Squeak Oversight Board, named something
>> > > agreeable, along with a great mission statement.
>> >
>> > My opinion is that the members elected to the board should do
>> > what they say they will do in their election statements. The
>> > community votes a set of people to the board, and also each
>> > person's agenda. The sum of the board member's stated agendas is
>> > what the board should be doing.
>> >
>> > The board only serves year terms, and can be replaced rather
>> > easily, should the community want to. Thus, I believe the above
>> > is sufficient to ensure that the board adequately represents the
>> > community.
>> An important corollary I feel is worth stating:
>> If the board adequately represents the community, its actions
>> will generally align with what the community as a whole wants.
>> If the board is about anything, it is about helping Squeak move
>> in the direction the community wants it to. The board nominees
>> state what they think is most important for squeak, and if the
>> community agrees and trusts them, they get elected.
> Absolutely right. And as a voting member of the Squeak community,
> I am 100% opposed to the idea of asking our volunteer board members
> to spend time and energy on "Terms of Engagement" and any other
> such pseudo-legalistic entitlement nonsense. We are fortunate
> to have the service of the current board members, and are doubly
> fortunate that many of them, as well as other new volunteers,
> are willing to stand for election this year.
> This has been a hugely positive year for Squeak, and I think
> next year will be even better :)
> Dave


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