[IAEP] [Sugar-devel] [SoaS] The Future of Sugar on a Stick

Mel Chua metamel at gmail.com
Wed Sep 23 08:36:26 EDT 2009

>> Sebastien's original question[2] is unanswered perhaps because it's
>> been deemed maybe-already-answered[3] or "peripheral"
> To the contrary, it seems to me that it remains unanswered only
> because it has been deemed a very important question, one worth formal
> consideration by a decision panel and the oversight board.

Decision-making at SL is by consensus whenever possible
One indication of how well our community successfully empowers people
to do the things they think will best help Sugar is how *rarely* we
need Authority From Above to swoop down and tell us How Things Shall
Be. Every time we clarify our thoughts and come to a conclusion
together, we make a decision, *and* we improve our ability to make
decisions in the future. The way we learn how to more rapidly and
clearly make decisions by consensus is by practicing
decision-making-by-consensus. It's a tough thing to learn, as is the
art of being a do-ocracy (with coding as one of many ways of Doing

That's how I see it, anyway.

Anyway, in the interests of Doing Stuff, I filed a mailing list
creation ticket (ownership set to bernie since he's the Infrastructure
lead) http://dev.sugarlabs.org/ticket/1419 to take care of 4.1, and to
give us a place to do the rest.

The next thing I'll do (this evening) is to find the "What is a SL
Project?" thread, do a similar summary of where we stand / blockers,
and try to nudge 4.2 and 4.4 onwards (though it looks like Sebastian's
pretty much got things from here); it sounds like Marketing (led by
Sean, who's made his thoughts clear in this thread) should be driving
consensus on 4.3, or possibly counseling the Decision Panel on it if
the SLOBs announce/appoint a decision panel with a chair and a
deadline for making a specific choice.

These are all suggestions that I happen to think make sense and plan
on moving forward on in the hopes that others will join me or
course-correct me. Pushback/patches welcome. ;-)


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