SocialText license discussion--call for closure of arguments

Michael Tiemann tiemann at
Sat Jan 20 19:01:54 UTC 2007

On Fri, 2007-01-19 at 18:42 -0500, Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> Michael Tiemann wrote:
> > Therefore, we'd like to invite those who think we should not
> > approve the SocialText license to work out a common position on *why* we
> > should not approve it, which could inform how SocialText could remedy
> > your concerns.  And we'd like to invite those who think we should
> > approve it (or should approve it with some minor change) to work out a
> > common position on why we *should* approve it.  If one or both sides are
> > willing to do this, I think that the Board's decision process will
> > appear much more transparent.
> I don't understand why the Board feels this is necessary.  This is a
> discussion list, and I think people's arguments have naturally developed
> that way.

Usually the discussions have led to a fairly strong consensus, making
the approval process quite straightforward.  As I said, if nobody wants
to collect all the bits and try to present them coherently, we'll work
with what we have, but there's already an effort to do that, which I
believe will lead to a better result (both a better decision and a
better understanding as to why the decision was reached).

>   This level of formality has never been requested before (to
> my knowledge), and seems a bit like instruction creep.  I certainly
> oppose the idea of creating separate lists and IRC channels.

Yes--me too.  We can organize the thoughts without excluding people from
the process.


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