Thursday, June 5, 2014

Re: Openness and naming... board lists, issue tracker, and channels

I seem to recall that for the blink of en eye (couple of months at most?) it was actually invite-only. But that is now such a disturbingly long time ago so my recollection may be wrong :)


On Jun 5, 2014 7:01 PM, "Jeremy Katz" <> wrote:
Matt is mostly right.  We did seed the -advisory-board list with some people from whom we wanted to be able to solicit input on project wide matters even though they weren't a part of the governance in any other way.  The thought was similar to that of a startup which will frequently have a board, who makes decisions, and an advisory board, who are good to have for testing ideas and their broader connections and perspective.

- Jeremy

On Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 5:02 PM, Matt Domsch <> wrote:
Historically, the fedora-advisory-board list was created as a place (aside from fedora-devel) to discuss community-wide not purely technical topics.  It was also self-nominated - if you found the list and chimed in, then you were a part of it - there wasn't a formal membership policy, invitation method, or even exclusion method or intent.  Yes, Fedora Project Board members (past and present), candidates, election wranglers, program managers, etc. would usually join and contribute, so it was in a sense an "inner circle" - those who cared to participate in the politics of Fedora.

Use of the list (and corresponding IRC channel) has diminished greatly in the last couple years - so one can debate the necessity of either channel.  But I suspect those conversations are still necessary and happening somewhere (where, I'm not sure, as my dayjob commitments have kept me from being as active in Fedora in recent years).


On Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 3:43 PM, Matthew Miller <> wrote:
On Thu, Jun 05, 2014 at 01:09:21PM -0700, Luis Villa wrote:
> There are lots of people on this list who aren't on the board, and I
> presume the actual board also has a separate mailing list - perhaps
> board-discuss would be more appropriate?

Yes, good suggestion.

> Luis (who remembers when this actually was in theory an advisory board ;)

I was trying to remember, but... it's been a _long_ time. :)

Matthew Miller
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