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08 Oct 2013
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 Nothing has changed at OSM - This poem sums up their actions (or lack) nicely.

I am the secret keeper
With several overflowing boxes full
Of secrets
Mine, yours, everyone's it seems
They linger in these boxes
They linger in my mind
I know them all
Remember them all
I have millions of poisonous words,
Callous remarks, scalding observations
Floating haphazardly in my head
But no one asked me if I wanted this
I don't
Just to be clear
Yet they can't hear me when I say it
And so I'm doomed to fill these boxes
And while I'm pouring more terrible words in
More boxes must be made, piece by lonely piece
While my own dreadful secrets still remain
They recede
Though they yearn to flow out of my open mouth
Each and every single one
They'll wreck friendships,
Oh yes
Create destruction
Break families
No doubt about it
Those people, previously happy to have told me
Will be struck with fear and betrayal
But I will be unburdened
Alas, I know that it cannot be
These secrets will go to the grave with me
So I add another nail to my coffin
Sew my mouth shut with twine
Because I am the secret keeper
Until the day that I die

 Tourc - North Vancouver, Canada


28 Sep 2013
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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.