[OpenStack Foundation] Opening up the board mailing list

Thierry Carrez thierry at openstack.org
Fri Feb 1 08:20:41 UTC 2013

Dave Neary wrote:
> On 01/31/2013 10:20 PM, Mark McLoughlin wrote:
>> There's a standing desire by some (many?) board members for the
>> foundation-board mailing list to be made public so that anyone can
>> follow their discussions.
>> Personally, I'd also like a way for folks who aren't on the board to
>> easily be able to participate in any board discussions. However, there
>> needs to be some way for board members to easily separate the discussion
>> between board members from the discussion with the wider foundation
>> membership.
>> I think of this is an "inner circle"[1] mailing list setup:
>>   - Two mailing lists - "inner circle" and "everyone else", lets call
>>     them the IC and EE lists
> I've been thinking of foundation as EE, in which case the board list is
> IC - and opening the archives of board discussions/allowing read-only
> subscriptions would give the transparency to the operation of the board.
> Since board members are all members of the foundation list already
> (correct?) the foundation list would be the avenue for members to engage
> with the board. Problem solved, without the need for Yet Another Mailing
> List or a complicated workflow.
> Am I missing something?

That's been my suggestion too. The workflow that Mark suggests is likely
to result in thread duplication, missing elements in some threads vs.
the other, and overall confusion, especially with a population that's
not necessarily following strict ML etiquette.

Using two lists (with one of them being the "open discussion" list for
the topics formally introduced on the first one) is a classic setup that
is simpler and more foolproof imho.

Thierry Carrez (ttx)

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