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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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Sometime after 5 am CDT today July 6, 2012, Alice Grevet posted the approved board minutes for the OSM Board Meeting held on June 19, 2012. It was sloppy - not at all like Alice's previous postings for the most part. For instance, attendees were listed but absentees were not. In this case, the newly elected treasurer wasn't present and he is still not listed as a board member on OSM's own website.

Update July 10, 2010: Today OSM updated their website to publish the bio of the new treasurer - Thomas Hampton - that they announced April 20, 2012. Looks like 82 days or 2 months and 21 days is the best you can expect of this board for simple tasks. We have certainly seen much longer for even slightly more complex tasks like publishing budgets and financial reports.

Another example was that the board approved the minutes of the previous meeting. Since they didn't discuss not having a meeting in May, it was up to the reader to figure out that they were referring to the April meeting. She also clearly stated

Review of OSM board of directors motions brought to the floor via the email list, please circulate list by email in advance No motions were made.

that no motions were made via the email list since the previous meeting. Yet, we find at the end of the minutes:

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Friday, 08 June 2012 13:18

Did Paul Orwig's Nose Just Grow?

I had a great time for the last three weeks ignoring my laptop,  my smart phone, and the Internet while staying in our summer place in Indiana and visiting some of our kids and grand kids just across the border in Illinois. Quite relaxing. Just got back yesterday afternoon and am catching up on the tools I recently ignored.

Imagine my surprise reading the blog from Paul Orwig about the 2012 Joint Leadership Summit Summary. Maybe it's just me? It sure seems that he was putting spin on the meeting. No details were forthcoming. Not even the number of attendees at the meeting. No information on what recommendations might have been agreed to or even if there was consensus at the meeting on any recommendations.

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Thursday, 26 April 2012 08:55

Good News / Bad News

Good NewsYou may have not noticed but OSM published their March 20, 2012 board minutes only three days after their April 20th board meeting. That's like a record and is well appreciated by those of us who strongly believe in the public oversight clause of OSM's bylaws!

Also notable is that Altansukh Tumenjargal has attended the first three months of board meetings of 2012. Either the board made special accommodation as to the time of the board meetings or Sukh has made a special effort. Either way, it's good to see.

Bad News Discussions from Javier Gomez's group on leadership changes were supposed to be available in the public group Joomla Project Structure Working Group. You can find part of the information there but the rest that is mentioned such as the responsibility descriptions of the directors is not public even though it was asked for and promised to the public several years ago. You will also note that there is no attempt, as we move closer and closer to the summit in Germany, to make any pretense of evaluating whether such changes are even necessary or appropriate. Instead,  the discussions are entirely focused on the final structure assuming that it will be approved.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2012 08:26

Liar, Liar

li·ar noun \ˈlī(-ə)r\ Definition of LIAR : a person who tells lies

  MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE

lie verb \ˈlī\lied ly·ing
Definition of LIE:  intransitive verb 1 : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive 2 : to create a false or misleading impression transitive verb : to bring about by telling lies

  MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE

What else would you call it?

OSM has repeatedly lied to the Joomla! Community. No, those lies were not mistakes. They intended to deceive. Let's take a look.

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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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They must, really!

In the FAQs section of the New York Charities Bureau, this Q & A is presented:

Q. Does the board have to keep minutes of its meetings?

A.  A corporation is obligated to keep, at the office of the corporation, correct and complete minutes of all meetings, including those conducted face to face and over the telephone, of its members, board and executive committee, if any.

Note: The emphasis is mine. The above FAQ is a simple summary of the New York Law which states:

§ 621. Books and records; right of inspection; prima facie evidence.

(a) Except as otherwise provided herein, every corporation shall keep, at the office of the corporation, correct and complete books and records of account and minutes of the proceedings of its members, board and executive committee, if any, and shall keep at such office or at the office of its transfer agent or registrar in this state, a list or record containing the names and addresses of all members, the class or classes of membership or capital certificates and the number of capital certificates held by each and the dates when they respectively became the holders of record thereof. A corporation may keep its books and records of account in an office of the corporation without the state, as specified in its certificate of incorporation. Any of the foregoing books, minutes and records may be in written form or in any other form capable of being converted into written form within a reasonable time.

So, correct and complete minutes.What's the problem? The minutes are correct and complete aren't they?

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