Task:Community Council

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

qgil is 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.

Mmm... It is probably benefitial for the maemo community and for the dialog with Nokia to have some structure. We are doing effective steps towards this: some people get admin rights, some people might become QA evaluators in the extras repositories, some people receive are more visible and push for certain things in a structured way... However, also with my community shirt I think that 10 days of brainstorm is not enough to define a proposal, and probably 100 days are not enough to implement it either. So, what about 100 Days for the community to discuss and agree on the way to be formally structured?--qgil 08:54, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
Possibly true - however I'd want to avoid us getting into too long talking about a process which can be enhanced/refined at a later date, and get some of the structure in-place sooner. Perfectly happy to go with the consensus on this (since it's necessary for it to work ;-)) --jaffa 10:39, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
Alright, you have the (obvious) pre-agreement on my side. Please discuss and once there is an agreed idea create page accordingly and move this content there. Thanks! --qgil 20:41, 4 June 2008 (UTC)
It's a good idea but I think it too early to do this. I suggest to do this after the 100 days when all maemo is well defined and everyone's on the same page with what maemo is and what's its direction. --Reggie 14:07, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps. But there's always something round the corner: it's like buying a computer (or gadget ;-)): if you wait, there's always something better. --jaffa 16:18, 5 June 2008 (UTC)
Having a focusing agent like the council is more important now than in 100 days after everything has settled and there's nothing to do anymore. —GeneralAntilles 20:44, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Roles of the council

  • Monthly IRC meeting with qgil. Open to all, but moderated so only the three council members and Quim 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.
  • Advocate maemo, and involvement in its community, to end-users.
  • Help manage community involvement, for example Maemowiki Action Group, 100Days and 2010 Agenda.

For example, if it already existed, the Council would take responsibility for defining the outcome of the brainstorm, i.e. the format and structure of the individual streams' plans.


The full process would be defined during the first 30 days, however here's an outline:

  • Council positions open to anyone with karma above a certain threshold - say, 100.
  • Community votes open to anyone with karma above another threshold - say, 50.
  • One member, one vote.
  • 5 nominees with highest number of votes elected.
  • The chairperson will be the nominee with the highest number of votes.
  • Elections held every 6 months.
  • Nominations accepted 2 weeks before election.
  • Votes tallied after 1 week of elections.