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.
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:
Still waiting for:
1Publication of the 2012 budget now technically overdue by 130 days or four months and nine days from January 1st, 2012. From the promise time frame it is overdue by 44 days or one month and thirteen days from a "week or so" as stated in the March 20th, 2012 board minutes.
2Publication of an end-of-year financial report now technically overdue by 130 days or four months and nine days from January 1st, 2012.
3Publication of any financial report now overdue by 192 days or six months and ten days since the last publication of October 31, 2011.
In several other areas of Joomla! leadership, we continue to see schedules and promises but nothing ever seems to materialize. Though there has been some action to note - there seems to have been a very strong effort to reduce the expenses paid to OSM's trademark attorneys (Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, L.L.P.) over the last several years as I noted in the blog OSM - A Poor Performing Board of Directors. In 2009, the legal fees were $149,252.57. Based on the 2010 OSM 990 filing on December 14, 2011, legal fees were $84,411. For 2011, legal fees through October, 2011 were $12,194.99 (unfortunately, current financial information hasn't been made available in some time). A very significant decline. Let's see what is going on now with Trademark activity: