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From Benson Margulies <>
Subject Re: Q. Forks without concensus?; A. anytime / depends / never without agreement
Date Tue, 10 Jan 2012 22:04:48 GMT
On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM, Jukka Zitting <> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM, William A. Rowe Jr.
> <> wrote:
>> It is not helpful to have a number of directors contradicting each
>> other on general@, never coming to consensus.  In fact, its maddening.
> I see no indication of this escalating into a board issue, so I don't
> see why the voices of directors should carry any more weight than
> those of other experienced members of our community. Or why they for
> some reason should agree more with each other than the rest of us do.
> Instead I'd find it odd if the directors came here with a common
> voice, implying that the board has already collectively decided what
> we should do.
> The IPMC is perfectly capable (in its own sometimes messy way) to deal
> with this issue. In fact the board has explicitly delegated the
> responsibility of "acceptance and oversight of new products  submitted
> or proposed to become part of the Foundation" to the IPMC.

The IPMC accepted this podling on terms that at least one director
though were wrong. The fact that a subsequent discussion led to a
better plan is good, but not quite the same.

Greg both acquiesced in picking another plan while at the same time he
did not retreat from the position that there is no set Foundation
policy here. Roy takes a strong and continuing line that there is one.
So I personally wish that the board put this on its agenda, and pass a
resolution one way or another stating the board-level invariants. I'm
sure that there will remain plenty of IPMC-level interpretation for
evaluating particular situations.

> BR,
> Jukka Zitting
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