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Re: [steering-discuss] Updated draft of the Community Bylaws


Hello everyone,

Following our confcall of Saturday, I would first like to express my
apologies for my message on the status of our community bylaws.

At the moment our community bylaws are *almost* good. Some people here
and elsewhere have expressed a strong opinion on the clause on racism
and xenophobia; it will be replaced according to the discussion that
have taken place here. 

Much in the same sense, the community bylaws are expected to be amended
in the following months in a minimal way -and mostly for formal
grounds- because of the legal and formal requirements induced by the
incorporation of our foundation. I cannot at this stage point to
anything specific, but there might be a change in names, for instance,
"Board of Directors" might be renamed "Board of Trustees" because
that's how the local law would want it, etc. 

This does leave us with the following status:
- Community Bylaws can be, after modification of the racism clause, be
  considered as the "Final Draft", a sort of Release Candidate; it's
  almost final, but not quite. 
- We will enable these bylaws just after we've properly incorporated
  and made any relevant formal change to them. Until then, we continue
  as we have done before, but obviously, what we already wrote can be
  progressively implemented, and taken inspiration from; we will see
  more and more teams being formed, etc. 
- It is not -unless it's absolutely necessary (note the "absolutely" in
  my sentence) desired to have people coming up with more and more
  modifications or points. Our bylaws are very much stable at the
  moment and we won't rewrite them with some new ideas. 

Please accept my apologies for the confusion on this topic, and please
bear with us for some more time until we have completed the legal stage
of the community development.

Thank you,

-- 
Charles-H. Schulz
Founder & Steering Committee Member,
The Document Foundation.

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