Core dev requirement for developer membership board seats?

Micah Gersten micahg at
Wed Jan 15 15:48:01 UTC 2020

On January 15, 2020 8:41:21 AM CST, Robie Basak <robie.basak at> wrote:
>[Note that this email is public; I see no reason to keep it private.
>asking the current DMB and TB for advice, but I'm also interested in
>hearing the opinions of other Ubuntu developers (ie. the electorate)]
>I am preparing a call for nomimations for the developer membership
>as some members' terms have expired and others' are expiring soon.
>I seem to recall that there was a question last time about whether
>should be a core dev requirement to serve on the board, as otherwise we
>end up in a situation where non core devs vote to grant core dev
>membership to others or even themselves. This may or may not be
>perfectly fine depending on your point of view.
>I believe this happened to Simon - but as we expected at the time he
>applied and got core dev shortly afterwards (I believe he recused
>himself from that vote) and so the situation was resolved that way.
>It's also worth noting that the DMB is usually short of nominees when
>comes to board elections, and attendance from quite a few board members
>has been very low for the last few years, causing much frustration
>amongst applicants when we have not been able to make quorum.
>from the other side, limiting eligibility has the potential to be
>So here's the question: how should we define the set of people who are
>eligible for a seat on the developer membership board?
>In case this ends up being contentious, I should note that
>organisationally I believe this is ultimately a matter for the current
>DMB and current TB to decide between themselves. But it seems
>appropriate to invite comment from the electorate to help them form an

As far as I recall, the requirement was MOTU or Core Dev so that the member had a broad base of knowledge on which to assess new applicants.


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