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Twenty-two years ago John Gray, Ph.D wrote the highly popular (his books have sold over 50 million copies in 50 languages) "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus". This book is equivalent to an "Idiot's Guide to Listening, Respect, and Communication, with Easy-to-Remember Examples." One wonders if he should also write a book about the failed relationships between open source communities and distanced board members - and no, I am not speaking of gender communication differences. We in the community could use a board who can listen, show respect when questioned, and communicate freely. We certainly are not getting that now. I thought we would see more of an effort from this newly crowned board to communicate and be more transparent.

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:00

Stop The Excuses OSM!

I continually question why the minutes of the board meetings are not completed in a timely manner and made available to the Joomla Community. Got one of the excuses off of a forum thread that occurred . There are two excuses from Marijke about why the minutes are late. The first one is interesting because she says she doesn't have the primary job of posting minutes. You will find the second excuse sort of contradictory to the first. At least I did. The links are provided in the quotes.

 We are talking about 4 months of minutes with a lot of issues surrounding the board's restructuring and voting arrangements. Presumably, even the board doesn't have the minutes to refer to - unfortunately that is the only legal document of their activity.

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Sunday, 19 January 2014 12:17

OSM Groupthink Over? Dissension Has Begun

If you haven't taken the time to read the new and revised OSM Bylaws, you should start there before reading any further. Much of the additional discussions you will hear about and read center around these bylaws. Pay particular attention to ARTICLE III - MEMBERS & MEMBERSHIP. The revised Bylaws were apparently approved at the leadership summit held in Boston on Thursday, 21 November 2013. I said apparently approved because OSM has not seen fit to release the minutes of any November or December meeting held in 2013 no matter where the location. This is a perennial problem with minutes unpublished up to three months at a time. Kind of shameful performance actually. Once you have read the bylaws, you will then want to read the proposed election process that would take place at the Annual General Meeting of the Members of OSM. Carefully read the back and forth comments for the highlighted sections. It is interesting to note that Paul Orwig is having difficulty adhering to a democratic election process. It is also interesting to note that if the board of OSM doesn't explicitly vote themselves as members before their Annual Members Meeting, only two people will be electing the new OSM board! You might also remember if you have read other blogs by me, that the OSM board is required both by its own bylaws and by New York Charities Bureau regulation to hold an Annual Meeting. Check back through the minutes. Bet you don't find a single one declared. This could be a first!

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Saturday, 28 September 2013 11:52

OSM - Leadership Circus?

Finally after over promising and undelivering over and over again, Jacques Rentzke published some of the financial reports on or about September 22, 2013. This after promising on August 6, 2013 that " The OSM board is currently voting on the adjusted Budget for 2013 and that should be approved, and published within 7 days. Once the budget is approved, we will again also have the "Budget vs Actual" report available. (that would be useful for teams to track their spending against what was budgeted)."  Based on the seven day commitment, we should have seen those reports somewhere around August 12 or so. Didn't happen. Then on August 20, 2013, Jacques stated "The board of Open Source Matters approved the adjusted 2013 budget, and I'll be posting it to our web site by the end of the week. (along with a Budget vs. Actuals - 2013 report)" . That commitment should have been fulfilled by August 23 or even the 25th. Didn't happen. So, when did some of the reports get published? According to Jacques Rentzke, he published them on September 22, 2013. So, some 41 days from his first promised posting of reports to the actual delivery of at least some reports. In the OSM world, failure to unapologetically follow up on your commitments either completely or partially seem to be the norm for the last several years. Even today, we haven't seen hide nor hair of minutes for June, July, or August. The September board meeting should have been completed by now, so there is really no excuse for failing to publish all of these minutes unless you are not doing your job or, worse yet, someone doesn't want timely release of information to the public. So, OSM who wants to be held out as the leaders of the Joomla Project and who recently had all oversight of their activities removed (not that the oversight was effective by any means) continues down the path of failing to lead in any sense of the word.

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Friday, 26 July 2013 12:29

Something Hinky At OSM?

hink·y
/ˈhiNGkē/
1. Adjective (of a person) Dishonest or suspect: "he knew the guy was hinky".
2. (of an object) Unreliable: "my brakes are a little hinky".

 I really want to wash my hands of Open Source Matters, Inc. and their many failures to the Joomla! community - but, they keep persuing a strategy of secrecy - that's another way of saying they don't like being transparent much. Still sounds like secrecy to me.

So, what now? Some more of the same and then something different.

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Trade unions, corporations, humanitarian organizations, schools, hospitals, political parties, and other voluntary organizations all must operate under laws and regulations designed to ensure that the interests of their members and the general public are properly served, and that these institutions do not violate the public's trust.

 Democracy Web

"A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives."

 James Madison, Letter to W. T. Barry, August 4, 1822

"...[T]he concentration of power and the subjection of individuals will increase amongst democratic nations... in the same proportion as their ignorance."

 Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Vol. 2, 1840

 For the past two plus years transparency at OSM has been mentioned in passing but unfortunately missing in reality!

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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 00:00

Silly Season

In Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, the silly season has come to refer to the Christmas/New Year festive period on account of the higher than usual number of social engagements where the consumption of alcohol is typical, which are in the Southern Hemisphere summer.

 
Wikipedia

I first heard this phrase from Andrew Eddie. It seemed highly appropriate for the period after Thanksgiving and continuing on through  New Year's day that is certainly full of people acting out and doing silly foolish things.

Also according to this same Wikipedia article:

 In the United States, this phrase refers to the period lasting for a few summer months typified by the emergence of frivolous news stories in the media - the slow news season.

So, how does this connect with Open Source Matters, Inc.?

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No matter how many times I point out the many opportunities for OSM, they just go out and create even more! For instance, on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 1801, Paul Orwig posts the following on Open Source Matters, Inc. - Public Mailing list:

As we discussed in today's combined leadership meeting,  from: http://opensourcematters.org/policies/by-laws.html

                ARTICLE III - DIRECTORS
                2. ELECTION AND TERM OF DIRECTORS.
                Directors will be elected according to the procedure
                described in Article IV.  Each Director's term will last
                for the term specified in her or his election or, if no
                such term is specified, for two years.

I move that the above paragraph in Article III, Section 2 of the By-laws of Open Source Matters, Inc. be changed to:

                Directors will be elected according to the procedure
                described in Article IV.  Each Director's term will last
                for the term specified in her or his election or, if no
                such term is specified, for one year. This term may be
                renewed.

This motion needs a second, and then all board members may  vote by responding in this email thread with either a +1 if  you agree with the motion, or -1 if you do not agree with the motion. Email motion threads     remain open for seven days.

            Thanks,

            paul

 

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012 10:24

Sorry, What Were You Asking?

Ooops sorry again, it wasn't you asking OSM Board, it was all the rest of us asking you! Still wondering when you as a board are going to honor your promises. Just like Winnie The Pooh said , it looks like you stopped to think and then just forgot to start again. So I  have taken the Pooh saying to mean either (a) a reminder that one should always remain critical of one's own decisions; or (b) a slander against old people, who in the middle of thinking about something, forget..about what..they..were..oh, look: there's a cob-web on my computer monitor. I really must dust in here some day... Sorry what were you asking about?

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Thursday, 11 October 2012 13:19

Send In The Clowns

It's downright comical! On September 29th, Alice Grevet posted in the Open Source Matters, Inc. - Public Mailing list that the minutes from the September 18th OSM Board meeting were ready for approval. Only 11 days after the meeting. Almost a record considering it took almost two months to post the last two sets of minutes. But, wouldn't you know - the OSM Board, then took took 11 days to approve the minutes. Now I understand why they want one to two months to post minutes.

Of course, it takes even longer to get through a process to change the License, Trademark, and Copyright issues that have been under discussion for a lifetime. The board seems to be frustrated itself so I wonder who or what the holdup is:

 b. License, Trademark, and Copyright Committee 09/18/2012: It is time to think about a Plan B, perhaps including some of the new people who have shown an interest, in case this process gets stalled much longer.

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