Leaks, Drips, and Spills

It takes so long to get OSM to release the minutes of their board meetings and then when they finally do, they make freshman mistakes. Like this first item on the August 29, 2011 minutes.

I. Approval of previous meeting's minutes Dianne brings the motion to approve the minutes from the June 21st board meeting. Jacques seconds. The motion passes by unanimous consent.

Of course, that is the EXACT same approval - even down to the minutes from June 21st - that appeared in the July 18, 2011 board minutes! You would think in three months they might have proofed it just a tad bit better.

Attendance by Altansukh Tumenjargal has not improved any. Counting the August meeting as one meeting even though it continued on another day which he also missed gives him an attendance record now of 12.5% (1 out of the last 8 board meetings). And Akarawuth Tamrareang has missed 4 of the eight board meetings. That is a 50% attendance record.

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Sunday, 06 November 2011 09:51

Now You See It...Now You Don't

That’s definitely the tag line for every magician during his or her magic show. They somehow try to convince you that an object once seen by you has now somehow vanished into thin air. Of course we all know that is not true. With carefully crafted cues, skilled assistants and perfect timing they briefly redirect your focus for a mere millisecond and poof….Now you see it and now you don’t.

 Back around March 11, 2011 in response to a question raised by Jennifer Marriott, Paul Orwig replied "It has been my decision as Treasurer to not publish our unaudited financial statements until I am satisfied that they are reasonably accurate, and I still have some unanswered questions along those lines. I have been in touch with our accountants to get their assistance on that, and they have said they hope to have time next week to help get those questions answered." So, a reasonable person would conclude with the publishing of these financial statements some 7 months later that they are now deemed sufficiently accurate to have passed the tough Paul Orwig test. Right? Not so, young Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now we find with some certainty that these reports contain significant inaccuracies in reporting revenue received and that Paul Orwig, the OSM Treasurer is well aware of it!

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Wednesday, 02 November 2011 14:03

No Accounting For It.

So our quick look at the published financial reports raised questions aboout whether the OSM Board and the rest of the Joomla! Leadership teams have actually been seeing accurate financial reports as described recently by Jaques Rentzke "... I can confirm that the OSM auto-generated un-audiited financial reports are shared weekly with the OSM list,..." It appears that the question I raised about why they show $2,000 per month from Demo Site hosting which indicates that the demo site is not exceeding the basic minimum number of subscribers may have hit a nerve. It has been confirmed by the Demo Site operators that they are doing significantly over the minimum subscribers which means that they are paying more then the $2,000 per month that shows up in the current financial reports. Yet, where is the money? One source indicates that the amount paid monthly is now $8,000. I don't know how many months that amount might have been paid but let's assume 6 months just for the sake of discussion. Then the missing amount would be in the neighborhood of $36,000 more or less depending upon the accuracy of the source and the number of months of payment. According to the Treasurer they will change the total at the end of the year. That is not how you do accounting - especially accrual accounting which is what OSM is on. If he didn't actually receive the money it should show up in his Accounts Receivable.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 14:13

Breaking OSM Financial News!

For the second time this calendar and fiscal year, OSM has released most of the financial reports originally promised to be released monthly.  If my math is correct (and it should be as it is a simple calculation of 2 divided by 10), then OSM has achieved its commitment 20% of the time so far this year. And if they do it 2 more times they will hit a 33% compliance rate. I wouldn't bet on even that poor of a record given their history  in the last couple of years. Truth be told, this is the first time this year we have been privileged to see the monthly budget versus actual figures.

So, what stands out in a quick review?

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If you go to all of the trouble to establish goals and objectives with teams - even all volunteer teams, then it behoves you to ensure that you follow-up with those teams and establish their success, partial success, or failure in accomplishing those goals and objectives before you go down the path of establishing new goals and objectives.

Back in May, 2011, Paul Orwig published the goals and objectives of the PLT (Production Leadership Team), the CLT (Community Leadership Team), and OSM (Open Source Matters). Now in late October, Paul is calling for setting new goals and budgets for 2012 but he is not calling first for how those teams did against their 2011 goals so far. This is simply a complete failure of the OSM board and its leadership in ensuring that the goals and objectives actually mean something and are not simply slid into a drawer somewhere and forgotten.

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On October 18, 2011, Paul Orwig who had originally started a discussion group on September 29, 2011 about Proposed leadership structure changes & request for community feedback posted in the Google Joomla Leadership public group that he was thinking of closing discussion on the proposal even though he committed originally to leave discussion open until October 27, 2011. Immediately, more discussion ensued. At the time he was proposing to shut down discussion there were 157 posts. As of today, Friday, October 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm CDT, there are 186 posts. Interestingly enough those 186 posts were placed by only 23 individuals. And, of those 23 individuals, only 16 are not members of the OSM Board, the Community Leadership Team, or the Production Leadership Team. Besides the obvious observation that very few of the community have weighed in with their opinions, very few of the various leadership team members have weighed in with theirs either.

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I must have missed the Open Source Matters, Inc. publication of the 2010 Federal Corporate Tax Return (Form 1120) and the New York State CHAR500 return. And, depending on the contents of the CHAR500 return, maybe even a Form 990. Oh no I didn't, I just checked here on the OSM Federal Filings page and there are no links to the 1120 nor are there any filed CHAR500 in the New York State charities database. That's interesting!

Let's see, OSM, last I checked, operates on a calender year fiscal year. So that means they must file the 1120 by the 15th day of the third month after the end of their tax year. Hmm, that would make it due on March 15. A review of the available published OSM minutes (only published through July, 2011 as of this date) shows that in the March 2011 minutes, an automatic extension of 6 months was requested (note that it was not specific that this was just a Federal extension. There isn't a 6 month extension available in New York). Nothing wrong with that. Gives the accountants time to review and correct the books. But, wait a minute. That would make the the date the Federal taxes had to be filed by as September 15, 2011. So, supposedly the taxes forms have been filed but just like the other missing financial reports there hasn't been any publication of this information to the Joomla Community. I could be wrong, of course. Would love to see some communication from OSM about these issues. Nothing anywhere so far though.

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If you haven't read this blog by Paul Orwig written on September 29, 2011, you should. But what you should do next is read the input at JPeople and perhaps you will realize that it appears that a very few - mostly Joomla leadership is proposing major changes in how the Joomla project will be organized in the future. You will also note thet very, very few of the Joomla Community are participating in the discussion possibly again because there continues to be veiled and not so veiled implications that certain people have said enough. Doesn't encourage participation.

Currently the role of OSM is to support the developers who code Joomla. If the few who think defining a business structure and bringing the developers under the authority of the OSM Board of Directors (no matter what they might rename OSM to) will encourage the developers to code, they really haven't been living in the Open Source world. Right now there are limits to what the board can do. The developers in the Community Oversight Team can remove board members or add them at will. Kind of makes sure that OSM remains responsive to developers don't you think? Under discussion is a much simpler structure with OSM at the top operating without any oversight.

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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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