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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <>
Subject 2015-08-25 When Speaking as the Chair
Date Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:09:01 GMT
[BCC to the AOO PMC]

>From the Chair,

It occurs to me that the role of the Chair of the Apache OpenOffice Project Management Committee
is often seriously over-estimated.  There is also a level of prestige that may be associated
with it that tends to give more weight to what I might say than otherwise.

It is important for me that others understand that for the most part, the PMC Chair is no
different than another member of the PMC, other committers, and the many other contributors
in the Apache OpenOffice community. I don't want to have my communications to now be taken
with more authority than they would were I not the Chair.   

So, when I am speaking as the Chair, I will always introduce my emails with "From the Chair."
 That means I am operating in the context of my responsibilities as an Officer of the Foundation.

In all other cases, there is no distinction.  If it is about PMC matters, it must be regarded
as only something any PMC member could do or say.  And in all cases, for weighty matters consensus
is sought and you will usually know how that has or has not been achieved in the usual way
that [PROPOSAL], [DISCUSS], and [VOTE] mail threads are handled.

Thank you for the support that I have been offered and the trust you have placed in me as
I undertake this new role.

 - Dennis

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