[OpenStack Foundation] Proposals for individual board election

Hui Cheng freedomhui at gmail.com
Fri Oct 26 11:01:17 UTC 2012

Thanks for Ryan and Mark's comments,
I would like to improve my humble ideas.

I definitely agree that it is a issue that one single company having large
number of voters, and we should take somewhat actions to limit it, and I do
thank we can also employ additional methods to improve the whole process of
individual board election.

The idea behind my thoughts is that it is easier to increase the barrier of
the minor candidates and keep it eligible meritocracy  than to set higher
barriers for the whole individual members, because the latter involves
6000+ members.

Regarding the video record, I would admit lack of thorough consideration,
the type of barrier maybe not suitable or practical for all candidates, so
I would agree it should not be required. Thanks for your indication.

But still, I would rather insist that a public statement should be
required, it's original intention is not for campaign, but sort of way to
make candidates show their involvement and contribution in OpenStack, as
well as his their understanding of OpenStack Foundation and future plan to
further achieve foundation's mission,  thereby facilitating voter to make
his own choice.

On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 4:49 PM, Mark McLoughlin <markmc at redhat.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Cheers,
> Mark.

Hui Cheng - 程辉

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