Leaks, Drips, and Spills

The first mention about an assistant treasure position in the 2011 board minutes occurred in the March 21, 2011 minutes. In that discussion, we find the first indication that the Joomla Community isn't going to be provided the actual discussion and reasoning for creating such a position:

The positions of PR, Assistant Treasurer, Trademark Lead and OSM Project Manager were discussed. The email list will be used for further discussion.

Three months later, in June's board minutes we find:

Assistant Treasurer situation: Paul is following up with two qualified US-based candidates.


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Some time ago in JPeople in the Open Source Matters, Inc. group I requested a copy of the responsibility descriptions for the officers and board members be made available to the public. At the time they were posted in a private Google document. While the request no longer appears in the group, it is still a valid request. These documents were developed and were available to the board members. Why the long stall? Now about a year?

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Alice Grevet started maintaining the minutes for the OSM board meetings starting in December, 2010 and has been completing all minutes available since then. In the March 21, 2011 board meeting there was a motion and no discussion to include an officer position of Assistant Secretary and Alice was installed by unanimous consent. According to the Bylaws, OSM can create additional Officer positions as it sees fit. One would ask, however, why the Secretary suddenly could not handle the workload of completing one set of board minutes per month and indeed has not since December, 2010. Now, if there had been open discussion about needing to train a replacement for the Secretary, I could see such a development but not a word was documented. What else is being withheld from the Joomla Community?

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On December 4, 2009, Ryan Ozimek, then Secretary of OSM, Inc. posted this blog in which he promised that the minutes of the OSM board meetings would be published in a reasonable time frame. In fact, he stated: "Our meeting minutes have been recorded internally, and more often than not, sent to the board members for approval shortly after the completion of board meetings." which would imply at least publication during the month following the meeting. Unfortunately the publications of OSM minutes has been very inconsistent with the current state as of today having minutes only available through the July, 2011 board meeting. This kind of delay makes it impossible to have a somewhat current discussion with OSM board members on any decisions that might have been made in the past month. The current board secretary frequently refers to the OSM bylaws when someone pushes the issue of why the minutes are not published in a more timely fashion:

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