Hi Michael, *, Am 19.09.2012 11:32 schrieb Michael Meeks:
On Tue, 2012-09-18 at 22:10 +0200, Friedrich Strohmaier wrote:
I'm not against having paid officers in general, but they should do meta tasks, i.e. rather looking for people doing necessary work - for example by poking sponsors to provide manpower than doing the work themselves.
I'm not sure this model generally works so well :-) Sponsors are not lacking tasks of their own and tend to value the ability to direct their own resources: that's why they pay them. Having said that I think you capture something really important:
If we contract anyone it is critical to ensure that they are someone who works well with, and is a respected part of the community. Currently we have plenty of people full-time on the code who (I hope) work in that capacity: they do some of the less sexy work to allow volunteers to do the bits they love best, they help mentor people and empower them and so on - presumably that pattern can work elsewhere too ?
Maybe I was not clear: I talk of what *TDF* pays for. I'm happy community work having done by paid people, paid by external resources as You describe.
For example - we're contracting Tollef currently to do some bugzilla administration around freedesktop: he's the existing sysadmin in that space, is widely respected and is doing a great job: my hope is that that is not too controversial a pattern :-)
Who is "we"? SuSE, TDF?
Aside from that, we have a ton of un-met administrative needs that go far beyond system administration: you point out one: fund-raising, there is a lot more detail around the board that requires significant investments of time to get right - and these tend to fall through the cracks.
Couldn't agree more! The boards intention though is to contract an *infrastructure* officer. Btw.: wasn't me pointing out the fund-raising issue ;o)).
Anyhow - it's great to hear about the good work you're doing in the admin team, that sounds really encouraging, and is much appreciated.
Thanks for the flowers! Generously waving the honey spoon is a nice gesture ;o)) regards Friedrich -- Friedrich Strohmaier - Admin team - The Document Foundation http://www.documentfoundation.org/
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