Board voting ends today, but...

Luc Verhaegen libv at
Fri Feb 19 13:54:59 PST 2010

On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 11:42:17AM -0800, Carl Worth wrote:
> On Fri, 19 Feb 2010 13:03:15 -0500 (EST), Leon Shiman <leon at> wrote:
> > I do not think suggesting that a member just "not vote" is an appropriate 
> > response from a Board Member to a legitimate concern about the election. 
> Fair enough. I'm definitely not trying to discourage participation.
> > Isn't it the Board's (and it's members') responsibility to ensure that the 
> > membership is sufficiently well-informed about the issues and the candidates 
> > for election to be able to exercise their voting rights.
> Definitely! One unfortunate thing that's happened here is that concerns
> were raised at the closing of the voting period, (rather than at the
> initial announcements of the upcoming election or the original
> announcements of the slate of candidates).
> > A better response 
> > might be to find out if this was a widespread opinion, and then re-consider 
> > the closing of voting until the membership was better informed?
> That might be. But that's not a response that could have come from me,
> at least. The election is run by the election committee, (which consists
> of those board members whose terms are not expiring this year). So I
> couldn't have had any influence here.
> > Accepting membership on the X.Org Board means accepting responsibility to 
> > respond to members' legitimate concerns - if not to anticipate them. And you 
> > asked to be elected.
> Absolutely! The concerns about meeting minutes and annual reports not
> being available are legitimate concerns. And both of these are being
> responded to now.
> Hopefully, going forward, the membership will raise any concerns in as
> timely a fashion as possible, and not only annually. (Though,
> admittedly, the board hasn't historically solicited direct input from
> the membership other than at the time of annual election.)
> -Carl

Timely, heh...

The elections were one month late according to the latest updated 
schedule. Right in the middle of FOSDEM preparations too, which i think 
is a valid excuse from my side for not being able to respond earlier.

As brought up before; elections are pretty much the only event where 
anyone gets to see concrete things from the board.

Luc Verhaegen.

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