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Johannes, all,

Le Tue, 04 Jan 2011 14:34:42 +0100,
"Johannes A. Bodwing" <> a écrit :

Hi Ian,

  And they are not equal. That's my problem with it at the moment.
I don't really understand how this democratic-meritocratic
principle works. And what you explain below with Microsoft, for
me it is not meritocratic or democratic that's an ethical aspect.

Democracy means that everyone has the potential to contribute,

Democracy simply means representation of the people (community).
Even established democracies don't have referendums on every issue.
Party political systems mean that there are real limits to what any
individual can contribute. I can't go and contribute directly to
new legislation other than by saying what I think and hope it will
influence someone. That is not really much different from a FOSS


What you say about democracy, political parties eg is the today 
situation. But eventually think about this:
Democratic systems have the power and lot of money for secret 
"cyber-tasks", for a hidden worldwide web of information and
spy-systems and so on. They find it important, they give the money to
do it and they have the will to do it. That's possible but not a
better flow of information between citizens and politicians to create
a more real democracy. There is no "democratic-task", no
worldwide-web of democratic informations. There is no will to involve
more people in decisions or for the prefield of decisions.
What will I say with this?
Can we organize the structure of LO with examples in mind which have
not the will for transparancy?
Or must there be a thinking like:
ESC has the final decision, OK.
And for that, what are the best conditions that they have the best 
informations to make the best decisions for the best (open) Office
Suite? Eventually this is one other task for the time after the phase
of beginning.


I would like to close down that thread now. We have bylaws that people
were involved in and that have been stabilized:

And we have lots of things that need to be done and require volunteers.
Let me give you some pointers:

Among other things.. Happy hacking!

Charles-H. Schulz
Membre du Comité exécutif
The Document Foundation.

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