Maemo Community Council Elections Approaching!

2011-02-23 00:10 UTC by Tim Samoff

Time sort of swept right by us during this term of the Maemo Community Council. The Maemo Community has seen a lot happen within the past six months: MeeGo gained its wings (and then had them proverbially clipped); we watched and attended the first-ever MeeGo Conference in Dublin, Ireland; the CSSU has grown steadily and surely and has been gaining more and more traction with casual users... The overall community psyche has had its fair share of ups and downs to say the least. If anything, Maemo has proven that it can stay active despite everything else that's going on around the open source ecosphere.

Now, the time has come to begin work towards the next term (March 2011 - September 2011) for the Maemo Community Council. This means publishing a list of all of the members who are eligible to run, opening the self-nomination period, voting, etc. To add to the urgency of these tasks, we are running a little behind schedule as well. But, the Council has developed a timeline and long-time supporter, Dave Neary, has accepted our request to assist us in with the technicalities of the election process (this is one of the things that Dave always took care of as a paid employee of and he has graciously volunteered to help again). Thanks, Dave!

The timeline breaks down as follows:

  • 2011-02-24 (Thursday): List published, nominations open
  • 23:59 UTC, 2011-02-10 (Thursday): Nominations close
  • 00:00 UTC, 2011-03-14 (Monday): Voting opens
  • 23:59 UTC, 2011-03-20 (Sunday): Election closes

Hopefully, we can stick to the 24 February start-date, but it is all contigent on getting a list of elligible candidates published, etc. So, please allow for some fudging on the dates and time.

If you have been with for a while and have over 100 Karma-points, you are elligible to run for canditacy. Please consider doing so, as our community needs the support of a cohesive Council now more than ever.


Tim Samoff
Karma: 1634

Good question, Sivan: I outlined some of the ways below.

I know that you're a dedicated community member at MeeGo and that says a lot, but Maemo does require participation here in order to run for the Council. It's just like being a citizen of a region in order to run for elected office, although I'm glad that we don't require that community members call this their first open source home. ;)

In any case, participating in the community relies little on being a Council member. The Council exists to organize the general thoughts and motions of the the community. Because of this, any vocal (and thoughtful) community member can get things done without having to be a Council member. Pose your agenda, explain why the community would benefit by it, outline the plans you will take to achieve any agenda-oriented goals, etc. This usually gets community (and Council) support.

2011-02-23 16:31 UTC
Sivan Greenberg
Karma: 15

Notably, there was this talk in meego con (after months of interview and approaching the Maemo community) that I designed and outlined and was lucky to have been joined and equally helped by timeless speaking of his own itches:

Come to think of it, maybe he'll be interested as well?

2011-02-23 16:30 UTC
Sivan Greenberg
Karma: 15

So, I am interested in participating in the CC, but I don't have karma points to back this up since most of my contribution happened on meego in the hope it will fix the issues of Maemo and through other means than package uploads and TMO..(I use MLs more than forums).

Any advice?

2011-02-23 16:26 UTC
Tim Samoff
Karma: 1634

Thanks guys. I need to proofread better. ;)

2011-02-23 16:23 UTC
Andrew Flegg
Karma: 3342

Dates fixed.

2011-02-23 16:16 UTC
Andrea Grandi
Karma: 662

@Tim: please fix the dates in this post :)

1) The nomination should close on March 10th, 2011 2) Three dates have 2010 instead of 2011 year.

2011-02-23 10:02 UTC
Tim Samoff
Karma: 1634

Stephen, Thanks. All you have to do to increase your Karma (quickly) is report some bugs, post in the forum, and vote for news posts. Easy. ;)

Daniel, You're completely right. In fact, if you look back at my self-nomination for this term, I made a call for newer members:

2011-02-23 03:48 UTC
Daniel Sandman
Karma: 131

....and the old board had lost their creativity. They can also be less keen on taking on new things.

I am in no way saying this apply to the current council. They have done a tremendous work. I just want to point this out.

Everyone in the new council will need to be active.

2011-02-23 03:31 UTC
Daniel Sandman
Karma: 131

The nominations are closing the 10th of mars 2011, right? (and you know we have changed the year) ;))

All i want to say is that those who get elected will have humongous a lot to do. It is utterly important the nominees are aware of this. It is better to vote for someone new that are prepared to be active than an old member. I am in no way criticizing the current council. But i have seen far to often how an organization goes stale because the members voted back the old board...

2011-02-23 03:22 UTC
Stephen m
Karma: 58

I want to say this sounds great, though I don't have the karma level to run, I do want to say given the way the year has gone I feel even more connected to the community in the last couple of months more than when I first jumped on in the summer. To whoever runs and the existing council and active members keep up the good work I look forward to further new features in the CSSU.

2011-02-23 01:04 UTC


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