Who's running (Re: board candidacy (was: Re: [squeak-dev] [ANN] Squeak Oversight Board Election 2011!!!))

Juan Vuletich juan at jvuletich.org
Fri Mar 25 15:15:45 UTC 2011

Hi Folks,

I'm not running this year. Board meetings are friendly and fun, and I 
had a very good time being in. But I don't think my presence last year 
was very useful, and there are better people for that than me. I think 
the Squeak boards needs people with the following skills / roles:
- Frequent commiters and original developers of significant parts of 
Squeal and support tools. People who actually contribute to Squeak trunk 
should be making decisions and leading the community.
- People with strong investments in Squeak, mainly developers of 
applications (commercial or not, but with many users) should be represented.
- Developers of packages and frameworks for Squeak, especially if those 
are multi-dialect.
- Communicators with other communities, organization and industrial and 
academic people.
- People willing to commit effort for the development of Squeak, even if 
they don't fall into any of the above.
- People willing to understand the needs and possibilities of the 
community, and able to turn that into a mid/long term vision. I guess 
this is the hardest of all.

The people I'd like to see running for the board includes:
- Current Board members: Andreas, Bert, Chris, Craig, Jecel and Randal 
(you all did a great job!).
- Levente
- Nicolas
- David
- Eliot
- Igor
- Casey
- Bernhard Pieber
- Mathew
- Hilarie
- Colin
- Stephane Rollandin
- Chris Cunnington
- Nikolay
- Ricardo Morán
- Javier Pimás
- Someone from Seaside, Aida, Iliad, Gemstone and other high-impact projects
- Getting interest from the Scratch people would be wonderful. Same for 
- We already have on the board or on the above list people from Cog, VM 
dev, Etoys, Cobalt, DrGeo, muO, SqueakNOS and several other important 

I'm sure I must be forgetting people and projects and I apologize for 
that. Anyway, I think all these people are more important than me on the 
board. Please folks, consider running for the Board!

Also, I want this to start a discussion about who and why we want on the 
Board. Please answer with your own thoughts on all this!

Myself, I'm not a frequent trunk commiter, I'm not developing apps or 
packages for Squeak (I do that for Cuis) and I'm not a great 
communicator. I do, however have a mid / long term vision for what a 
free Smalltalk system should be, and I'm following it with Cuis. I 
wholeheartedly support cherry-picking from Cuis for Squeak and 
derivatives, and I appreciate and support people doing so. But it still 
seems that my vision doesn't fit the majority of the community. And the 
Squeak community doesn't need additional flame wars or schisms. 
Therefore I didn't push for it in the Board meetings, I just was 
supportive to any initiative in that direction. This is perhaps the main 
reason why I think I didn't add as much value to the Board as some of 
you (and me!) might have expected.

I want to thank the other Board members for your work. I also appreciate 
those who re-run, and I understand those who won't. While it is true 
that being in the Board is not much work, it is an important service to 
the community and I feel honored for being in last year. I also want to 
thank to community for making that happen.

Juan Vuletich

Casey Ransberger wrote:
> Zoiks, do we not have any other takers?
> Would it help motivate people to run if I ran? Y'all prolly don't want me running the show after two short years:)
> On Mar 23, 2011, at 4:07 PM, Chris Muller <asqueaker at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The last year has been a real privilege for me to get to practice my
>> stewardship of Squeak.  I would like to re-up.

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