Amendment to the Xubuntu Strategy Document - Final request for comments

Micah Gersten micahg at
Sun Aug 14 21:33:04 UTC 2011

On 08/14/2011 04:26 PM, Charlie Kravetz wrote:
> On Sun, 14 Aug 2011 15:56:28 -0500
> Micah Gersten <micahg at> wrote:
> > On 08/11/2011 05:46 PM, Charlie Kravetz wrote:
> >> I am planning to revise the Strategy Document for electing the next
> >> project lead. Since this does change the governing directive, your
> >> comments are welcome, either opposed or for the change.
> >>
> >> Accordingly to the Xubuntu Strategy Document
> >>
> (
> >>
> >> /quote
> >> The Xubuntu project lead serves a term of three releases after which he
> >> or she must seek reconfirmation from the Xubuntu community via a public
> >> meeting. If consensus is unable to be found, the matter is referred to
> >> the Ubuntu Community Council.
> >> /end quote/
> >>
> >> Since this is all that is said about choosing the project lead, I am
> >> proposing the following amendment to the Xubuntu Strategy
> >> Document. I would really appreciate your thoughts and input on this.
> >>
> >>
> >> The Xubuntu project lead is chosen by a popular vote during a Community
> >> Meeting. Those elgible to vote are the members of the Xubuntu Users
> >> team in launchpad. This team includes both Xubuntu Contributors and
> >> Xubuntu Council, thus will be able to choose an effective project lead.
> >> Project lead nominations are made one month in advance of the election,
> >> by members of Xubuntu Users. These nominations may be submitted by an
> >> individual nominating themselves or someone else. The leader be voted
> >> on during a Xubuntu community meeting.
> >>
> >> It is recommended that nominees add relevant information for the
> >> election to their personal wiki pages (eg: activities in the relevant
> >> team and specific interests today, thoughts about the most important
> >> challenges of the team in the next year, what you'd like to see change
> >> in the team, work to focus on as the project leader).
> >>
> >> The project lead is to be the person receiving a simple majority vote.
> >> The person receiving the second highest vote will be the interim
> >> project lead should the project lead be unable to fulfill the entire
> >> term.
> >>
> >>
> > This seems fine except the part about being chosen from the Xubuntu
> > Users team.  This is an open team that anyone can join and while
> > inclusiveness is good, choosing a project lead should be IMHO done by
> > people actually involved with the project.  Perhaps that Xubuntu Team
> > team is more appropriate since this is moderated.
> > Thanks,
> > Micah
> I went with Xubuntu Users explicitly because it is a public team. Since
> the Strategy Document already says
> "he or she must seek reconfirmation from the Xubuntu community via a
> public meeting". I wanted to stay within that intent to keep it public
> whenever possible. If there is a concensus on this, I will change it to
> read Xubuntu Team, which would be a much smaller group, and is users
> approved by the current project leader only. However, it seems to me
> that would allow the project lead to "stack the deck" in their favor.

That would seem to be problematic.  My only concern is people could vote
on a project lead with no real interest so to speak in the project. 
There doesn't seem to be a good way around this though.  Perhaps the
Xubuntu Council could approve Xubuntu Team members?

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