Governance and responsibility

Ian Lance Taylor ian at
Mon Sep 26 03:26:05 UTC 2005

Michael Bernstein <webmaven at> writes:

> On Sun, 2005-09-25 at 18:50 -0700, Ian Lance Taylor wrote:
> > hen I say that the OSI doesn't speak for the community, I'm not
> > speaking for the community, only for myself.  To the extent that I am
> > part of the community, and to the extent that others in the community
> > agree with me that the OSI does not speak for us, then the OSI does
> > not speak for the community.  I don't have to speak for the whole
> > community to make OSI's claim to speak for the whole community false.
> While I am most definitely sympathetic to your arguments for greater
> transparency and processes for determining a mandate and so forth, I
> have to say that the above is something of a strawman:
> Speak for the whole community != speak for the community (as a whole)

That is true.  The question is how much of the community the OSI
speaks for.  The OSI presumably has one opinion.  I have another.  We
don't know who is right.  (Eric's comments about invitations to speak
prove little, except that he says interesting things that people like
to hear.)


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