Tue, 22 May 2001 16:53:58 -0700
For some reason my web browser doesn't fetch the whole text when
attempting to edit the principles, so I'll offer my version here.
Comments in .
Each and every part of the Squeak Foundation shall:
* Be open to all individuals and institutions that fully subscribe to
the purpose and principals. [OK]
* Have the right to organise in any manner, at any scale, in any area,
and around any issue or activity, which is relevant to and consistent
with the purpose and principles. [OK]
* Vest authority in and make decisions at the most local level that
includes all relevant and affected parties. [How to decide this?]
* Surrender only such autonomy and resources as are essential to the
pursuit of the purpose and principles. [ditto]
* Have an equitable opportunity and responsibility to participate in
discussions and deliberations.
* Deliberate and make decisions by methods and bodies that represent a
full diversity of views and interests and are not controlled by any
single view or interest.
* Deliberate and make decisions using current and objective knowledge
and information derived from scientific methods and practical
experience. [Hard to see what relevance this has to Squeak -
obviously it is sensible for an ecology movement. I suppose it might be
sensible if rephrased something like:-
Deliberate and make decisions based on the best engineering
practise and experience]
* Have an equitable obligation to provide knowledge and information that
is relevant and essential to the realization of the purpose and
principles and that is collected in a way that has minimal impact on
confidentiality and competitive position. [Err, I think that might
possibly retain relevance if we postulate commercial members being
involved and being expected to provide this knowledge. What is 'this
knowledge'? Would commercial members be expected to provide
information on their implementation details? Given that Squeak is open
source, how could that be?]
* Maintain the highest standards of credibility and ethical conduct,
fair and accurate dissemination of information and full disclosure and
accountability for its affairs.
PRINCIPLES OF PRACTICE
* Be a vehicle for those of diverse communities, professions,
experience, knowledge, viewpoints, power and resources to join together
with others in pursuit of the purpose.
* Encourage adaptability, diversity, flexibility, learning and
innovation in all governance processes and practices.
* Encourage Squeak uses and practices that ensure its long-term
productivity and diversity.
* Accept responsibility for the stewardship of Squeak to ensure that
succeeding generations will have an equal or better opportunity to
benefit from its resources.
* Recognise that Squeak is a public resource and that access to this
resource is a privelege, not a right. [ Seems a bit irrelevant to
me. I think access to open source stuff _is_ a right!]
* Engage in mutual learning to deepen respect and trust in one another
and to improve our understanding and appreciation of Squeak.
* Resolve conflict constructively and co-operatively without resorting
to social, ecological or physical violence. [ What, we're
anticipating genetic warfare as a response to the next dickwit
that demands that Squeak _must_ be changed to be just like visual
basic? Hmm, maybe that's actually a _good_ idea]
* Protect Squeak uses or interests consistent with the purpose and
principles from being substantially sacrificed to, or eliminated by,
any other uses or interests.
Tim Rowledge, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://sumeru.stanford.edu/tim
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