At the last Executive board meeting I took an action to start a
discussion on the RIPE-list about the notion of remuneration for the
RIPE Chair.

We were fortunate that Rob B had an employer who didn't mind him
devoting unlimited amounts of time to the RIPE community. Now that Rob
is no longer with us we need to decide whether we wish to restrict the
occupant of the RIPE Chair to being someone who works for such an
employer or whether we wish for the community to financially support the
occupant of the role.

If we decide that we *do* wish them to be supported then the question
arises of where this support is to come from. The RIPE Community does
not exist as such; it has no financial resources so this question may
touch on how we wish the community to evolve.

I'm going to throw some ideas into the pool. I don't necessarily support
any of these, but offer them as a starting point for discussion.

1. We legally constitute the RIPE community, enabling it to hold
financial resources and raise income.

2. We restrict the RIPE chairmanship to those who can afford to support
themselves (RIPE NCC would continue to pay expenses)

3. The RIPE NCC pays a salary to the RIPE Chair

All of these possibilities have pros and cons, which you can probably
work out for yourselves.

I invite anyone with an opinion to join the debate. Try to keep your
contributions concise and to the point. Try and remain courteous.

If you have connected your ripe-list email contact to a trouble-ticket
machine then I will call down my curses on your children and your
children's children unto the seventh generation. Don't risk it...

All the best

Nigel Titley
Chairman RIPE NCC Executive Board

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