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From Benson Margulies <>
Subject Re: should podlings have informal chairs?
Date Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:01:34 GMT
On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 1:55 PM, Joe Schaefer <> wrote:
> Well its a little confusing to expect anyone other than a mentor
> to shepherd a project- the corresponding "shepherd" at the TLP level
> is a board member responsible for interfacing between the board
> and the project on any action items post-board-meeting.
> I suggest we get back to figuring out exactly what problem we are
> trying to solve before we start looking for appropriate labels to
> attach to the role(s) we need.


What have we got here? My personal view:

a) mentors AWOL
b) Measurable quantities of ignorance of ASF policies that are
supposed to be the fundamental invariants of what we do.
c) A Podling release voted up that later lead to 'I'm shocked,
shocked, to discover gambling going on' reactions from other iPMC
members at a graduation vote.
d) A PMC so large as to be inevitably incoherent as a body that sets
policy and makes decisions.

My tentative view is that there is a structural issue here: the
incubator PMC should not expand to accomodate all mentors. Its members
should all feel responsibility for supervision of all podlings, and
would need to figure out a way to scale that supervision other than
being a creature of 100 legs and no head.

> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: sebb <>
>> To:
>> Cc:
>> Sent: Monday, November 21, 2011 1:49 PM
>> Subject: Re: should podlings have informal chairs?
>> On 21 November 2011 18:22, Scott Deboy <> wrote:
>>>  What about getting rid of the word 'champion'?  Seems like there
>> are two
>>>  roles: the Member(s) which backed the proposal to enter the incubator, and
>>>  a Coordinator.
>> I think Champion is a good name, especially for the pre-podling phase.
>> Seems to me it often takes more than a mere Coordinator to ensure that
>> the proposal reaches the vote to accept a podling.
>> For the current issue - ensuring podlings don't get lost on the way to
>> graduation - maybe a "shepherd" is needed.
>> But I still think the original Champion could be tasked with the role.
>> If they were keep enough to act as Champion to ensure that the project
>> was accepted as a podling, one would hope they would be keen to ensure
>> that the podling eventually graduates.
>>>  Scott
>>>  On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 9:06 AM, Ross Gardler
>> <>wrote:
>>>>  On 21 November 2011 16:47, Joe Schaefer <>
>> wrote:
>>>>  > Personally I am against the idea of picking a chair
>>>>  > for a podling early.
>>>>  That's not the proposal, although it was suggested and I believe
>>>>  rejected (for reasons similar to the ones you gave), at least I've
>> not
>>>>  seen any support for it.
>>>>  The proposal is as the subject says "an informal chair". The
>> name
>>>>  seems to have moved to champion in order to avoid any impression of
>>>>  leadership.
>>>>  The responsibilities would be to the Incubator PMC to ensure that the
>>>>  project is progressing rather than struggling with busy elsewhere or
>>>>  inactive mentors.
>>>>  Does your concern extend to this role?
>>>>  Ross
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