[Squeakfoundation]The Natives are Restless

Dan Ingalls squeakfoundation@lists.squeakfoundation.org
Wed, 23 May 2001 12:31:28 -0700

=46olks -

Speaking as one who wants to see SqF take advantage of the community urge=
 for a truly open Squeak, I have some concern for the pace of bringing SqF=
 into existence.

What I see is the Stable Squeak experiment reaching completion in not much=
 more time than we have spent deliberating over the definition of SqF, and a=
 number of people who *would support* an SqF looking elsewhere for it when=
 it is right under their nose.

Why?  Because we haven't yet declared the existence of SqF.

With no disrespect for the goals or even the process represented by the=
 dialog on this list so far, what I'm wondering is:  Why wait for all the=
 chaordic process and exact definitions to declare the existence of SqF?

Instead, why not

	Declare that SqF exists,

	Appoint a number of "acting" officers

	Declare a couple of active projects
		one of which is to converge on a more formal
		def of the organization

	I think I could even raise a few $$ to carry us through the interim period

As token "Old Fart"  I'm willing to be put in any role.  I'll even appoint=
 myself and everybody else if no one wants to do this.  And I'll make up a=
 project list (you can guess from prior messages).

That doesn't sound very democratic ("open"), but I'm just wanting to=
 "jump-start" the organization so that it can be accreting respect and=
 definition while it is still being born, and so that we can channel the=
 open Squeak urges into a coherent future, rather than fighting fires on the=
 Squeak mail list and dissipating energy in twenty splinter efforts.

What do others feel?

	- Dan

This may sound critical, but I don't feel that way at all.
I'm happy with the current participants and process.
I just feel the need for an interim solution.