Hello Michael, Am 04.09.2020 um 13:17 schrieb Michael Meeks: </snip>
* many MC members say they want to expand the membership. Given that LibreOffice is rather static in terms of its number of those involved in development: coding, UX, translation, documentation etc. + how do you plan to gain lots of new contributors ? + Do you think we expand the membership by accpting more marginal contributions for membership cf. https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/TDF/Membership_Role#Contributing + what effect do you expect that to have on the project ?
contributors who are willing to help users in Ask, on mailing lists, usenet and other forums and this over all languages. We do also have other projects (e.g. ODFToolkit) who are mostly loosely connected to the TDF. I talked to many different contributors and mostly they simply do not know that there is something like a membership and also do not have any interest in another mail address and ask what are their gains in getting into the club.
* If you've stood before, approximately how many people have you encouraged to apply for membership ?
I'm not sure. I asked many and I'm still trying to convince more contributors although my success-rate should be improved. :-/
* How many applications have you voted against ?
I guess this question is only for the existing membership committee. I have no statistics, but in the end it is something between "one or two hands". Some contributors for example were corner-cases since a few years or some which we couldn't verify by all good faith.
* Do you believe we should have a half-way house / badge between membership and non-membership that encourages a person, and gives the a path via more contribution to achieve full membership ?
We need badges! There needs more "gamification", although I do not like the "hat hunt" for the next badge (hence one reason why I quite Wikipedia). If our OpenBadget system is in place: yes, we should also add a badge for being a member. But the main "problem" is that many contributors are "only" subscribed to some mailing lists and helping users won't see badges nor know anything of membership. We have to - at least - inform these contributors.
* When there are no concrete metrics (such as translated strings, code commits, wiki changes, ask comments, etc.) available to decide on a person's contribution; what is best practice for MC members vouching for their friends' contributions, and how should other MC members validate that ?
That depends. I do not believe that we have any problems in accepting or declining applications. We do have a problem to get contributors to the application form! There might be some *seldom* corner-cases where we have to believe or need some third-party answer as we are having problems to verify the contributions. Especially for the last case it is important to have as much as possible diversity within the mc to know at least who to ask, which was not easy in the past as Asian contributors were missing.
* To what degree should the MC's decisions & discussion be transparent (ie. publicly available) ?
Most internal discussions are about improving the tools or about concrete applications. The discussion about applications should NOT be public. Discussions about how the tools should or could be improved (e.g. dashboard) can be opened without any problems.
* How do you believe we can improve the existing election system - assuming the statutes can be tweaked ?
I'm not really sure, if we do need any improvement. At least I do not have any suggestion as I do not believe that we do have any problem within the statues.
+ I'm interested in where we have the situation that being too popular can stop you being able to engage at all as a deputy - as we saw with Miklos/Jona in the last MC election, and Kendy in the last Board election.
As mentioned in some other response, we do have a problem with COI like in the mentioned cases.I do have a problem with MC members stepping down for getting voted to the BoD, but to answer your question: simply getting more people running for the MC will statistical reduce the possibility of getting into such problems. Luckily this year many candidates run for MC and thus our members have a real choice! @everybody: please use your tokens and vote!
Thanks for any answers =)
Thanks for your questions.
Best regards, Dennis Roczek
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