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From Louis Suárez-Potts <>
Subject Re: Nominations for a new PMC Chair
Date Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:22:39 GMT

> On 12 Jan 2015, at 17:02, Dave Fisher <> wrote:
>> So, what about to let both try to realize this as kind of dual chair?
> Since the Chair at Apache is more ceremonial than THE lead in the best case then there
should be nothing to preclude both Jan and Louis from scratching their itch and leading regardless
of whom is the Chair.

The point I made earlier was that the “chair” title confers a kind of authority that we
here in Apache land might find to be beside the point but others won’t. It’s not that
I or anyone else, I imagine, would claim that 
chair equals lead. It doesn’t. But that the chair would be, in addition to the regular and
normal admin role, a figure for the expansion and development of the project. 

Of course, the community could create such roles—Marketing Leads, say. Done that before,
and it works fine. But I’m also keen—and I think others are, too—in keeping to a minimum
bureaucratic structures. (Not because I dislike bureaucracy—I don’t, in theory, as a means
of resolving differences—but because titles and roles tend to calcify, and that I don’t
think anyone likes.) 
> Asking inactive PMC to go emeritus can be done in any case. The merit does not expire
and if willing to be active one can be restored.

Right. I was going over the PMC list (
and then relating those listed to participation (however defined) in the project. I’m terrible
at engaging actively in the lists but equally terrible at boring people at every possible
opportunity about the plusses and minuses of OpenOffice and the ODF, and now Corinthia (endless
fun). So I give everyone lots of benefit of a doubt, if I missed their engagement. But I was
curious why some members have dropped off—or slowed their engagement. A fair question, no?

> I have respect for both. Let the debate continue.
> Regards,
> Dave.
>> Marcus
>> ———

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