[IAEP] [SLOBS] Future of Sugar Labs

Dave Crossland dave at lab6.com
Fri Dec 2 00:16:10 EST 2016

There is a IAEP thread "Preparing for the 2017 SLOB Election" in early
August that has more details about all this.

First, I want to note that while an 'election committee' has been
mentioned, Walter said in that earlier thread:

I am of the opinion that SLOB does not have to approve individual
membership in committees. SLOB responsibility vis-a-vis committees is to
appoint a representative. So I don't think we need a motion.

As Caryl and Seb have reiterated on this thread: while they both helped run
the election last year, they both said a few months ago that they are
unable to volunteer for this year.

At that time I offered to volunteer, as did Samson; and I found a possible
web app to run the election and suggested Samuel Cantero could set it up,
and he graciously did set it up.

However, by September, (a) the GSOC project to make a font editor activity
wound up, and (b)  Sameer offered to lead the vision thing, and until that
is done I am not confident about taking any other actions, and (c) I
accepted an employment offer by Google and have had less free time since
then compared to when I was working as a consultant, so I haven't done more
of the things I said I would do. I wrote on August 5:

So, I volunteer to do the following before the next SLOB meeting:

- I will ask Sam C to set up a new sugar-announce at lists.sugarlabs.org mailing
list with himself, myself, samson, caryl and seb as list admins.

- I will complete the review of all accounts on the wiki to mark the ones
that look like spammers

- I will make a final 'all possible members' email list

- I will draft the email that asks people to join the announce list and
explains why I am asking them to do this, and a motion to approve the
election email, and share it on the IAEP list for community review

- I will ask SLOBs to post and second the motion

Then in early September I can send the email, and prepare a report with the
new list of members and similarly to before another draft email soliciting
board applications for SLOB to review and approve in the October meeting.

Then in early October I can send that email, perhaps also with the donation
request, and then prepare a final email calling for votes that SLOB can
review and approve in the November meeting.

Then in early November the call for votes can go out, votes can come in,
and in early December the results can be announced.

I still think this process is a good one, but regretfully I am not going to
be able to put much effort into this until January at the earliest.

So, I suggest that Samson and anyone who wants to volunteer to run the
election take a look at that web app with Sam C and see if it really will
work for Sugar Labs in 2016.

If not, http://civs.cs.cornell.edu was used last year and should be a
suitable mechanism for people to cast votes.

Finally, I think the very next step is for whoever volunteers to run the
election to come up with a list of members emails to solicit votes from.
(Where the discussions last trailed off was in discussing who should be on
this 'final members list' - I think we agreed to cast a very wide net, and
I made some progress reviewing wiki accounts and, defining the members list
based on wiki + mailing list posters. I am happy to share that WIP and
explain what I would do next with it, but it may be better for the person
to start their own list.)
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