[OpenStack Foundation] Proposals for individual board election

Mark McLoughlin markmc at redhat.com
Fri Oct 26 08:49:26 UTC 2012

On Fri, 2012-10-26 at 09:24 +0800, Hui Cheng wrote:
> Hi all:
> ** **
> Until now we already have tons of discussions regarding the individual
> board member election, and we have some meaningful proposals from the
> following discussions:****
> http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/openstack/foundation/19569****
> http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/openstack/foundation/19675****
> ** **
> From my understanding, most proposals are focusing on how to increase
> the barrier for becoming individual members and limit one single
> company's undue board control.****
> ** **
> In the initial board election, everyone can be nominated by everyone, it is
> really easy for someone to get at least 10 nominators, thus to be
> a candidate, and then voting began. Thus any incapable person can be
> elected in such kind of process.****

Thanks for posting your thoughts on this. None of your ideas or crazy
but, like Ryan, I'd be wary of requiring people to publish a video.

However, I think you've focused on the wrong thing. The main issue is
not that we had too many incapable candidates, nor that those elected
are incapable, but that we had large numbers of people affiliated with a
small number of companies voting for employees of their company.

The issue isn't so much the correlation between affiliation and voting
pattern either IMHO, but just the sheer number of people doing so.

Personally, I just wonder why 600+ people from an individual company
should have voting rights in the election. In the cases of e.g. the Red
Hat and Cisco OpenStack teams, it was only those actively involved with
the project who joined the Foundation and voted.


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