[OpenStack Foundation] Individual director election needs to be better organized

Sean Chen xuchenx at gmail.com
Wed Sep 5 16:18:06 UTC 2012

On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM, Dave Neary <dave at neary-consulting.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> On 09/05/2012 05:31 PM, Thierry Carrez wrote:
>> Sean Chen wrote:
>>> I think individual directors should be voted by contributors only, or
>>> at least people with some sort of involvement with OpenStack.
>>> There was no doorman on voter registration, the results can be much
>>> too easily skewed to be unrepresentative of the rights and interests
>>> of the actual people involved.
>> I agree that the results can be easily skewed with the current open door
>> policy. That said, that's what the Foundation bylaws mandate (low bar of
>> entry for Foundation members), so changing that now will probably
>> require a substantial change in Foundation bylaws.
> I would be afraid that if one or two parties were over-represented in the
> membership this time that other corporate members will notice that, and
> start an arms race for the next election cycle, and suggest that anyone
> working for them can become a member. Clearly, it's not in the best
> interests of the foundation to have a majority of members who have no
> interest in, or association with, the project.
> I'm all for a low bar for entry, but I question whether "no bar" is setting
> that bar high enough.
> Cheers,
> Dave.

Exactly, "low bar" is not "no bar", otherwise it only makes the
election somewhat frivolous.

There are many good suggestions, for example, election is open to
OpenStack Summit attendees only, because they are a good
representation of active OpenStack participants.


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