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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: Nominations for a new PMC Chair
Date Fri, 02 Jan 2015 17:02:12 GMT
On Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 6:37 AM, Michal Hriň <> wrote:

> Dňa 01.01.2015 o 23:16 jan i napísal(a):
>  On 1 January 2015 at 22:57, Andrea Pescetti <> wrote:
>>  As I wrote yesterday, it's time to start looking for a new PMC Chair that
>>> can replace me (only for these specific duties; I'll of course continue
>>> with all my other activities, that are the vast majority) when
>>> applicable.
>>> We are not in a hurry as I will take care of the January Board report,
>>> but
>>> it's good to start moving.
>>> Let's take several days, until 10 January, to receive nominations (or
>>> self-nominations) for the next PMC Chair. Just reply to this e-mail with
>>> nominations.
>>> My duties as a Chair cover only a minimal part of my activity in
>>> OpenOffice, so it's good that I point out what is expected of a Chair:
>>> 1) The Chair is the interface between the Project Management Committee
>>> and
>>> the Apache Board. The Chair takes responsibilities for the quarterly
>>> report
>>> 2) The chair is a facilitator and their role within the PMC is to ensure
>>> that everyone has a chance to be heard and to enable meetings to flow
>>> smoothly. There is no concept of "leader" in the Apache way.
>>> 3) After the project has elected new committers or PMC members, the Chair
>>> is responsible for the needed updates to the Apache LDAP groups.
>> You describe very correctly the duties of a chair, seen from our bylaws.
>> But apart from that, there seems be an unwritten rule.... the chair is
>> normally also quite active..
>> In the bigger part of ASF projects, the PMC is active together with the
>> chair, in that case chair function is purely administrative.
>> You can find some project where the chair is active, but the rest of the
>> PMC is only limited active, in that case the chair should be active in
>> reactivating the PMC.
>> I have yet to find a project where the chair is inactive while the PMC is
>> active.
>> Bear in mind I dont speak of the chair as a role (which you have already
>> correctly described), but the person behind the role. That person, should
>> always have a finger on the pulse of  the community, be prepared to help
>> solve conflicts....of course if the PMC group is active, this is not a
>> problem.....and most importantly that person should having the backing of
>> the PMC group.
>> rgds
>> jan I.
> OK, we know what are duties of PMC Chair.
> Both of you didn't get out a names of candidates. Probably, I know your
> view, but please, put it here.
> So here I chose some people, to make this election easier.
> Rob Weir
> Marcus Lange
> Key Schenk
> This are I thing object reasons, looking on activity on mailing lists (dev
> && l10n && commits) for last year and for a time after last release.
> This is not my finite vote. I will wait for others nominations.
> And don't to forget, named people, express your opinion here, if you want,
> are willing and able to do this.
> Regards,
> Michal Hriň

I am nominating Rob Weir .

Reasons --
* active in both OpenOffice and ODF
* one of the initial proposers/committers to establish OpenOffice at Apache
* years of experience in the OpenOffice derivative, Symphony
* demonstrated leadership in this project
* participates and attends open source and OpenOffice events
* recently appointed member of the Apache Software Foundation --

>>> So please go on with your nominations. We don't have strict rules about
>>> eligibility. As I verified, nominees needn't be PMC members, since they
>>> can
>>> be admitted to the PMC as part of their election. They needn't be
>>> OpenOffice committers either, but in practice the new Chair needs to
>>> have a
>>> good knowledge of the project, so I see it reasonable (but again, not
>>> mandatory) that the new Chair is chosen among the OpenOffice committers:
>>> Regards,
>>>    Andrea.
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