MOTU Leadership Teams - Membership Policy

Emmet Hikory persia at
Fri Jul 25 22:30:00 BST 2008

Cody A.W. Somerville wrote:
>  Currently, the MOTU community feels that it is beneficial to delegate
> certain responsibilities and permissions to a subset of trusted individuals;
> for example the MOTU Release Team and Universe Stable Release Update Team.
> Since these bodies represent and act on behalf of MOTU-at-large, it is
> argued that for these leadership teams to be legitimate that they must
> accurately reflect the MOTU via an electoral process. Others feel
> alternative solutions would instead be optimal. Regardless, over the last
> few releases, the methodology used to populate these teams has been
> inconsistent. It is desired that a standard practice/policy be adopted.

    This topic was again discussed at the 25th July MOTU Meeting.
Please find below a summary of one of the proposed mechanisms by which
team members might be selected.

For each of the MOTU-SRU and MOTU Release teams, a maximum size (e.g.
5 or 7) is selected.  Note that the selected time values are
arbitrary, and may be adjusted if required.

Any MOTU with interest in joining a key team may apply to me a member
of that team by sending mail to ubuntu-motu at
indicating their desire to join the team, and outlining their
qualifications to be on the team.

This is followed by a discussion period of one week where any MOTU is
able to ask questions about the application.  If during this period,
any MOTU strongly disagrees that the candidate is qualified to join
the team, the candidate is rejected, and must wait at least two months
to reapply.

If the acceptance of a candidate would push the team oversize, a
multicandidate election is held, with a number of winners equal to the
maximum size of the team selected from the current members and any new
applications.  This election may be delayed if there are multiple open
applications at one time (apologies to those who may have to wait to
join a team in this instance).

Any current member may resign at any time, if they are no longer
active in the team.  Any MOTU may call for resignation of a team
member if they are perceived as inactive or unsuitable in some way.
In the case where a resignation is requested, there is a two week
period of discussion.  If the request has not been withdrawn and the
member has not resigned at the end of the discussion period, the issue
will be resolved by MOTU Council using the dispute resolution process.

    Please note that if this model is selected, there will be a need
to determine a voting system to handle the case where there are too
many applicants.


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