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A process for electing a small "Community Council" should be created and elections held.

Quim Gil is currently responsible for managing the Maemo community on behalf of Nokia. But who is the community? Getting consensus of hundreds of disparate people through mailing lists and wiki-edits means the person who shouts loudest wins.

Therefore —inspired by Debian's Project Leader concept— during the next 100Days, a process for electing a small "Community Council" should be created and elections held.

The Community council

This is the proposal for a Community Council based on the proposal from the 100 Days brainstorm. It is a work in progress to be thrashed out over the next 30 days, so these ideas are fluid and will change frequently. Please see the talk page for discussion.


The maemo community currently lacks focus for its issues and ideas. There are a lot of great minds with lots of good ideas but they lack organization and focus. The council will serve to help distill and focus these ideas (from the maemo.org mailing lists, IRC, itT, Bugzilla, etc), bring them to Nokia's attention, and seek to understand Nokia's position on these issues and help to explain it to the rest of the community.

The council will also serve to facilitate a dialog between Nokia and the community on these issues, holding monthly IRC meetings with Nokia representatives to discuss progress on existing issues and raise new issues.

Roles of the council

  • Monthly IRC meeting with Nokia representatives. Open to all, but moderated so only the council members and Nokia representatives can talk.
  • Distill maemo community issues, from maemo-* mailing lists, ITT, etc. and raise with Nokia.
  • Understand, and help explain, Nokia's decisions and processes to the rest of the community to ensure that dialogue remains helpful, fruitful and progressive.
  • Advocate maemo.org, and involvement in its community, to end-users.
  • Help manage community involvement, for example Maemowiki Action Group, 100Days and 2010 Agenda.
  • Act as the definitive mouthpiece for the maemo.org community when questions are asked of the community by, say, Nokia.
  • Help direct efforts of Nokia employees working on behalf of the community.


The council will be composed of 5 community members to be elected by the community with 1 member as the council chairman. The chairman will be selected by the council after the completion of elections and requires a majority vote of 3 out of 5 council members. If no majority can be reached, the chairman will be the member with the most community votes. Potential candidates must have 100 karma points on maemo.org.


Main article: Community_Council#Election_Process


  • The council will hold monthly IRC meetings with the contacts from the Maemo Software team at Nokia to discuss new issues and progress on existing issues.
  • Distill community issues to bring to Nokia's attention.
  • Help manage community involvement (e.g. Maemowiki Action Group, 100Days and 2010 Agenda)


The first election will take place between 3/9/2008 and 10/9/2008. Voting will be open to all members of the community who have an account on maemo.org for more than 3 months on the 10/9/2008 - that is, on 10/6/2008. Candidatures opened on 14/8/2008, and will close on 2/9/2008 at 23:59 UTC. Candidatures should be sent to maemo-community@maemo.org mentioning maemo username, real name, company affiliation and reasons for wanting to be on the council.