[Osmf-talk] Chairman

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Tue Aug 4 07:54:29 UTC 2009


Gervase Markham wrote:
> True, but (and maybe you agree) there is sometimes a need for a 
> deadlock-breaker. The "reluctant governance" model, if you like. 

Much of what Nick has recently written on the Wiki sounds more like 
"eager governance" than "reluctant governance" if you ask me ;-)

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/2010_Planning including 
detailed timeline about what people are to be hired when...

> Try very hard to help people come to consensus but if they can't, and a 
> decision needs to be taken, then it's the people you elected who get to 
> break the deadlock and pick one path or the other.

I guess one has to distinguish between Foundation and community here. 
For the Foundation, there might arise situations where "a decision needs 
to be taken" (especially when outside parties are involved, e.g. you are 
issued a writ and need to respond; an opportunity for funding is about 
to expire, etc.), and the decision then picks the path the Foundation is 
going to pursue.

For the community, things tend to be more relaxed; if decisions are not 
taken, chances are that time is simply not yet right, and it will all 
work out in due course.


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