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A few comments about the last comments:

1st: Yes, the negatives (racism, xenophobia, sexism and religious or political intolerance) are covered by the positives, if we were driven by common sense, but unfortunately this is not always the case, and I feel that we should maintain the sentence about the negatives. It makes me feel more comfortable.

2nd: Membership application: I think that we should leave the sentence about the 3 and 6 months, although we all know that being volunteers we cannot make any "total" commitment to the project. We all know that we can die sometimes (and being the oldest member, I'm closer that any one else), but I don't think that we should consider this when we commit. Also, I think that we need the rule of 3/6 months to avoid conflicts on "normal" cases, being ready to break the rule when someone makes a very significant contribution (which might happen, I think, in development, as I've never seen anyone making such a contribution in marketing as we need time to show that we have ideas and competence).

3rd: Project leads: of course, reputation is not a title attribution, but we should thin about some governance and organization, because this is going to be the only way to grow the project and make it successful. I have been in the IT industry for 30 years, and before 1981 I was a manager in different organizations. Good management makes a difference, and good management is extremely difficult to find (people @ Novell has a huge experience of lame management, and Sun was a benchmark for lame management). Good managers have a personal reputation and are natural leaders, and I think that we should aim to have them in place.

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