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From "Garrett Rooney" <>
Subject Re: [doc] IRC guidelines (was Re: Extensible Ajax Platform (XAP) Project Update)
Date Wed, 12 Jul 2006 01:23:51 GMT
On 7/11/06, Brian McCallister <> wrote:
> On Jul 11, 2006, at 12:46 PM, Cliff Schmidt wrote:
> > "IRC can be used by a podling to bring new people up to speed (e.g.
> > Q&A between available committers and interested users/contributors),
> > although such sessions should be archived and made available to those
> > not able to attend.  However, using IRC as a means to conduct
> > development/architecture discussions is discouraged.  Even with the
> > best intentions, experience has shown that it is difficult to maintain
> > such discussions without implicit decisions being made in the
> > process."
> Just to call a spade a spade...
> Perhaps things like members' and board meetings should also avoid IRC
> if a blanket statement that making decisions, even implicit ones, in
> IRC is bad?

As I understand it, board and members meetings are legally required to
"occur" at some place and time, so it's not really easy to have them
via email.  I'm not sure if it's totally impossible to have them via
email, but it's certainly harder.

In any event, with regard to member's meetings, it's not like a whole
lot is really "decided" during the IRC conversations, everything
that's being said in the reports is basically cut and pasted into the
channel, and it's all pretty transparent for those who aren't there.

Board meetings are another case entirely, but having never listened in
on one, I don't know how practical they'd be to hold via other means.
I suspect it would be difficult though.


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