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Re: Board term limits

On Tue, 2008-07-22 at 17:20 +0200, Max Spevack wrote:
> On Tue, 22 Jul 2008, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> > Comments appreciated either here or in the discussion page for the 
> > proposal on the wiki.  I'll bring this before the Board for final 
> > discussion and a vote at our August 5th session, which will likely be 
> > a public IRC meeting.
> The only question I have is to what extent (if any) will these rules be 
> put into place retroactively for current Board members?

Good point.  I'll add to the proposal that it take effect retroactively
starting with the release of Fedora 11, but I'm happy to entertain
arguments for something different.

> Also for completeness, I would note on that page that the Fedora Project 
> Leader role is not term-limited.

Sure, even though the policy is limited to elected members.

You brought up another important point I want to add.  I suppose Red Hat
could appoint someone who's been elected to two terms.  Those
appointments go through the FPL, who should be mindful of the need for
balance on the Board.  But we might want to limit the ability of someone
to serve a long appointed period and then go back to being elected a
bunch of times, just because everyone knows him or her, possibly
shutting out other good candidates.

I also want to be sensitive, though, to the position of someone like
Bill Nottingham, who's a tremendous asset to the Board since he's got a
huge amount of institutional knowledge, understanding of the workings of
the Fedora/RHEL relationship, and so forth.  (I joke about Matt being a
member for life, but it's really Bill... and I hope the community
understands what an asset he is for all of us, whether we're in Red Hat
or not.)

Paul W. Frields
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