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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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Sunday, 26 August 2012 00:00

OSM Hypocrites

hyp·o·crite noun \ˈhi-pə-ˌkrit\

1: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

 Merriam-Webster

You know OSM, you can't keep saying one thing and either doing something else or doing nothing for long. People will learn not to believe what you say!

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Friday, 29 June 2012 13:49

Where's The Beef OSM?

"Where's the beef?" is a catchphrase in the United States and Canada. The phrase originated as a slogan for the fast food chain Wendy's. Since then it has become an all-purpose phrase questioning the substance of an idea, event, or product.

 Wikipedia

 I have been essentially asking that question of OSM for some time now. Let's see, back on October 25, 2011 Paul Orwig announced what he characterized as an aggressive timeline to develop and publish the goals and budget for each leadership team. They were to be complete by January 2012 when OSM would vote to accept them. On June 27, 2012, Alice Grevet published OSM's goals for 2012. Is that right? Six months into the year for accomplishing the goals, they finalized and published them. Except, I can't find in the minutes where the goals were listed and voted on by the board. In fact, in the January, 2012 minutes they specifically stated: "OSM, PLT and CLT all have yet to complete the process of budget estimates and goal documentation." In the February, 2012 minutes they only stated: "With less than a majority in favor of making the certification goal a major goal for 2012, it will not be included in the list of major goals." In the March minutes there was an entry under the Budget Committee: "Reminder: We want to publish a blog by the end of April with updates on each of our 2012 goals (Communications: Alice, Events: Robert, TM/Legal: Jacques, Capital: Sukh). Please plan on providing a paragraph or two to Alice about your goal, and Alice will help assemble everything and get the blog published." In the April minutes there was an entry: "As part of the 2012 goal setting process, the leadership teams are asked to publish quarterly updates to the community. A few paragraphs from each team on updates and accomplishments will be published in a blog. Owners of the 4 OSM goals please get your reports in to Alice for publishing." Nowhere in the minutes that have been published is there any discussion on the goals or any documented approval of these goals by the board. So, I ask you "Where's the beef?"

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Tuesday, 07 February 2012 11:43

OSM - Say Nothing...Do Nothing...Be Nothing!

Back from the 75-85° weather in Costa Rica, Panama, Antilles, Bahamas, Aruba, and Cura?ao to face the 6 to 12" of snow that fell just a few days ago. Yccch! Nice and relaxing cruise though. And, what do I find? Why, absolutely nothing at all. Nothing has changed at the OSM camp.

  • No meeting minutes since November 15, 2011. Ought to have at least December's minutes and, I would argue, January, 2012 as well. Update: Somebody is reading something. December minutes were published today 2/8/2012.
  • No financial reports since October, 2011. How about November and December. Or, for that matter, January?
  • No 1120 Federal income tax report since 2009. Come on, let's see 2010 at least.

So, OSM's method of avoidance is silence. See the comment from Peter on the previous blog. Come on OSM, don't you think we recognize what you have been doing or to put it another way - not doing?

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012 13:36

Not Feeling the Love, OSM.

What we have here is a failure to communicate. Actually, I am communicating just fine. You, on the other hand, apparently have nothing to say. So what is it? Have my posts lately been too serious? Depressing? Boring? I just don't know how to please you people. I don't want to make you feel bad, but my stress is directly related to you never making changes even when it is pointed out to you. It's all your fault.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to take some time off from this blogging thing and let you decide if you miss me and want me back. I'm outta here unless I hear from at least 50 25 10 5  1 of you, begging me to stay just commenting.

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I have blogged quite a bit about OSM's failure not only to keep it's promises of transparency (essentially resolutions of transparency) but also its failure to follow its own bylaws and the not for profit laws of the state of New York under which OSM is incorporated. If we think of OSM's failures to keep resolutions as similar to the failures of those of us who make New Year's resolutions to lose weight maybe we can put OSM's continued failures in perspective. You know what I mean - the elliptical machines and free weights will be occupied from dusk to dawn in January with people who made the New Year's Resolution to "get in shape." But by February, the gym will be nearly empty again.

So, OSM, a new year is about to start. Should you make a resolution to keep your previous resolutions? Here's a New Year's resolution OSM can keep: Resolve not to make any more New Year's resolutions (goals) or any resolutions.

Now, wasn't that easy? And, doesn't it fit the actual performance of OSM this past two years?

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I am still trying to figure out how the board of OSM went from wanting to install numerous "liaison's" or committee chairs between the board members and the various committees or teams that the newly installed president of OSM seemed to want back in April of 2010 to the current proposal of incorporating all Joomla! leadership groups within the overarching reach of the OSM structure. Back in April of 2010, Elin Waring attempted to explain that the Core team didn't want to be on committees. They wanted OSM to deal with the business aspects.

Board Meeting Minutes 4/19/2010

2. Liaisons and committees, brainstorming session (Ryan Ozimek)

Elin explains history how Core team each was on a Committee. They now prefer that we deal with OSM business.

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Sunday, 11 December 2011 12:48

OSM - A Poor Performing Board of Directors.

Most boards are driven by mission and the will to serve, but there are boards that have gone very awry, who act with impunity, and ignore accountability standards and best practices. These are often controlled by a small group supported by an apathetic majority.

Let's once again examine how the board members of OSM fail to ensure that decisions made are decisions of the board and not decisions of individuals on the board. For instance, the goals supposedly set by the board for the 2011 fiscal year were never discussed by the board in a board meeting and no motion was ever made to approve those goals. So what was the outcome - zero, zip, nada. As far as we can tell by the board minutes, the goals were not accomplished. No surprise there.

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New York State law vests the power to manage Nonprofit Corporations in the Board of Directors. The Board retains overall responsibility to ensure that the organization operates within the confines of its Certificate of Incorporation, the corporate by-laws, and all applicable State and Federal laws. An individual Board member cannot act on behalf of the corporation, unless so deemed by a vote of the majority of the board members present at the meeting. Directors are not entitled to rely on reports if they know that those reports are false, if they know the person making the report is unreliable, or if they fail to make minimal efforts to understand the report and judge its reliability.

So, Shame On You - OSM Board of Directors. You have had a number of board failures pointed out to you and you have made no effort to see that those failures are corrected much less ensured that they won't happen again. Let's try to summarize those failures here. Perhaps if someone makes it easy for you, at least one board member might fulfill his or her responsibilities.

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