Task:Community Council

This article is continued discussion from the maemo.org brainstorm
Please see the 100 Days agenda for more.
This is an accepted task and it is currently in the maemo.org development backlog. Probably nothing is stopping you from starting on it, though.
Please see the talk page for discussion.



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.


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.


The 5 council members will be elected by the community.

  • Nominations will be accepted 2 weeks before the election begins from any community member with a karma of 100 or above.
  • Elections last for 1 week.
  • Only community members who have had maemo.org accounts for over 3 months, and have karma of 25 or above, may vote.
  • Each community member gets one vote.
  • The 5 nominees with the most votes are elected.
  • Nominees with a professional interest in Maemo, such as working for Nokia - or any other company involved in Maemo-related software development - must declare their interest when advertising their nomination. Failure to do so may result in the Nokia Community Manager, or the outgoing Council, declaring their nomination invalid and so bar them from standing in the current election.
  • There is no limit to the number of times a council member can stand for re-election.
  • The date of the next election will be set by the council chair, not more than 6 months after the previous election.
  • The election date must be publicised at least 1 month in advance of the election.
  • If fewer than 5 candidates stand for election, the 3 with the most votes are elected to the council.
  • If there are fewer than 3 candidates when the nominations close, the election cannot be held.
    • The nomination period will be extended by 1 month and the election postponed similarly.
    • If, after 1 month's delay, there are still fewer than 3 candidates; the outgoing council will decide - in conjunction with Nokia's Community Manager (currently Quim) - about how to proceed. The preferred solution is to encourage more members of the maemo.org community to participate and re-run the election, but all options are open.
  • Changes to any of the above rules must be approved by community referendum.
    • Voting in such referenda will be open to anyone eligible to vote in the council elections.
    • The referendum options must be debated for a minimum of 1 month prior to the referendum.
    • Referendum voting will be open for the same length of time as the council elections.


  • 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)