Re: Changes to the GNOME board

2008-12-18 Thread Vincent Untz
Le lundi 15 décembre 2008, à 13:56 -0500, Behdad Esfahbod a écrit :
 Diego Escalante Urrelo will be joining the board as a new member for
 the remainder of this term.

A belated but warm welcome to Diego! I'm pretty sure he'll make good
progress on his ice-cream-eating abilities now :-)

Vincent

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Re: Changes to the GNOME board

2008-12-16 Thread Diego Escalante Urrelo
Thank you all! I'll do my best :-)

On 12/15/08, Bruno Boaventura brunoboavent...@gmail.com wrote:

 Great news!!! Congratulations Diego! Now we can go with our plans from
  Latin America Complot!


Of course Bruno, but don't let the others know ;)
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Re: Changes to the GNOME board

2008-12-15 Thread Gregory Leblanc
Hi folks, couple of comments and questions below.

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 1:56 PM, Behdad Esfahbod beh...@behdad.org wrote:
[snip]
 Diego Escalante Urrelo will be joining the board as a new member for
 the remainder of this term. Diego was a candidate for the board in the
 last election, and his energy, new blood, and Latin American
 perspective will be a great addition to the board.

As I wasn't sure what the procedure was for the board of directors, in
the case of a resignation, I went and grabbed a copy of the bylaws
from http://foundation.gnome.org/about/bylaws.pdf  Section 4
subsection d it states that the board can fill a vacancy by a vote of
the remaining directors.

With that said, Congratulations Diego!

I do have one question about the bylaws, though.  I seem to recall a
large discussion about changing the term of the directors to be 18
months instead of 1 year.  However, Section 3 subsection a still
states that directors hold office for one (1) year.  I also noticed
that the history information at the bottom of the document states that
the last change was April 5, 2002.  I'm sure that the discussion I
recall was more recent than this.

What is the current term of a member of the Gnome Foundation Board of Directors?
What is the official location of the Bylaws governing the Gnome
Foundation?  If it is the above URL, and the term is not still 1 year,
how can we get this copy updated?  If it's not this URL, can somebody
tell me where it is, and can we make foundation.gnome.org link to it
prominently?

Thanks,
 Greg


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Re: Changes to the GNOME board

2008-12-15 Thread Behdad Esfahbod
Hi Gregory,

 As I wasn't sure what the procedure was for the board of directors, in
 the case of a resignation, I went and grabbed a copy of the bylaws
 from http://foundation.gnome.org/about/bylaws.pdf  Section 4
 subsection d it states that the board can fill a vacancy by a vote of
 the remaining directors.

Correct.

 I do have one question about the bylaws, though.  I seem to recall a
 large discussion about changing the term of the directors to be 18
 months instead of 1 year.  However, Section 3 subsection a still
 states that directors hold office for one (1) year.  I also noticed
 that the history information at the bottom of the document states that
 the last change was April 5, 2002.  I'm sure that the discussion I
 recall was more recent than this.

Yes, the there was a member vote to change the bylaws to allow each term be
between 12 and 24 months, as determined by the board before the elections.
This change was proposed to enable us to adjust the beginning of the term to
GUADEC.

 What is the current term of a member of the Gnome Foundation Board of 
 Directors?

The term of the current board is 18 months and ends at the end of June 2009.
Expect back to 12-month terms after that.

 What is the official location of the Bylaws governing the Gnome
 Foundation?  If it is the above URL, and the term is not still 1 year,
 how can we get this copy updated?  If it's not this URL, can somebody
 tell me where it is, and can we make foundation.gnome.org link to it
 prominently?

Luis has been working on an updated draft.  I let him answer what the current
status is.

Thanks,
behdad

 Thanks,
  Greg
 
 
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Re: Changes to the GNOME board

2008-12-15 Thread Olav Vitters
On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 02:12:51PM -0500, Gregory Leblanc wrote:
 With that said, Congratulations Diego!

me too

 I do have one question about the bylaws, though.  I seem to recall a
 large discussion about changing the term of the directors to be 18
 months instead of 1 year.  However, Section 3 subsection a still
 states that directors hold office for one (1) year.  I also noticed
 that the history information at the bottom of the document states that
 the last change was April 5, 2002.  I'm sure that the discussion I
 recall was more recent than this.

See http://foundation.gnome.org/vote/results.php?election_id=4. PDF
should be updated.

 What is the current term of a member of the Gnome Foundation Board of 
 Directors?

1.5 for this one.

 What is the official location of the Bylaws governing the Gnome
 Foundation?  If it is the above URL, and the term is not still 1 year,

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Re: Changes to the GNOME board

2008-12-15 Thread Luis Villa
On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 2:12 PM, Gregory Leblanc
headmaster.albus.dumbled...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hi folks, couple of comments and questions below.

 On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 1:56 PM, Behdad Esfahbod beh...@behdad.org wrote:
 [snip]
 Diego Escalante Urrelo will be joining the board as a new member for
 the remainder of this term. Diego was a candidate for the board in the
 last election, and his energy, new blood, and Latin American
 perspective will be a great addition to the board.

 As I wasn't sure what the procedure was for the board of directors, in
 the case of a resignation, I went and grabbed a copy of the bylaws
 from http://foundation.gnome.org/about/bylaws.pdf  Section 4
 subsection d it states that the board can fill a vacancy by a vote of
 the remaining directors.

 With that said, Congratulations Diego!

 I do have one question about the bylaws, though.  I seem to recall a
 large discussion about changing the term of the directors to be 18
 months instead of 1 year.  However, Section 3 subsection a still
 states that directors hold office for one (1) year.  I also noticed
 that the history information at the bottom of the document states that
 the last change was April 5, 2002.  I'm sure that the discussion I
 recall was more recent than this.

 What is the current term of a member of the Gnome Foundation Board of 
 Directors?

I believe one year, with an exception for the current 18-month term in
order to align elections with the timing of GUADEC.

 What is the official location of the Bylaws governing the Gnome
 Foundation?  If it is the above URL, and the term is not still 1 year,
 how can we get this copy updated?  If it's not this URL, can somebody
 tell me where it is, and can we make foundation.gnome.org link to it
 prominently?

At the moment, there is nothing better than what you've found.

I have been (slowly) in the process of revising our official
documents; I hope to finish and formalize them during the next
semester. If you're interested, you can participate in this process by
editing and commenting on the documents in co-ment.net:

http://www.co-ment.net/list_public/?q=gnome

Not that this excuses the sloppiness on our part, but note that there
is no requirement in CA non-profit law that there be One True Copy of
these documents; it is sufficient to track the original + the
amendments/diffs. (I worked with some documents over the summer where
this situation persisted for decades.) It absolutely makes things an
utter PITA to deal with- like releasing new versions as diffs rather
than new tarballs- but doesn't cause a formal problem for our status
as a non-profit.

Luis
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Re: Changes to the GNOME board

2008-12-15 Thread Bruno Boaventura
 On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 1:56 PM, Behdad Esfahbod beh...@behdad.org wrote:
 [snip]
 Diego Escalante Urrelo will be joining the board as a new member for
 the remainder of this term. Diego was a candidate for the board in the
 last election, and his energy, new blood, and Latin American
 perspective will be a great addition to the board.


Great news!!! Congratulations Diego! Now we can go with our plans from
Latin America Complot!


Bruno Boaventura
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