[OpenID board] Further discussion ...

Dick Hardt dick at sxip.com
Fri Apr 6 19:46:20 UTC 2007

While I was not a party to the telephone call with David and I  
respect and will stand behind Bill and Scott's decision to change  
plans, I am concerned about the organization operating according to  
standard organizational process.

1) A bylaws committee was nominated and empowered to put together a  
proposal for bylaws. Discussion points were presented (Feb 22) and  
feedback was conducted with the board, and a proposal was drafted and  
presented (Mar 14). There was no explicit decision from the board  
about what was wrong with the proposal. A new committee was formed  
though to create an alternative proposal, rather then working within  
the existing committee. As the leader of the original committee, I  
question if the committee was truly empowered and if my time was  
wasted creating the original proposal.

2) The board made a decision (April 5) on how to move forward with  
the proposal. All board members were aware of the proposal. The  
agenda for the meeting clearly stated the board was going to deal  
with the issue. No alternative proposal had been provided, although  
two weeks had elapsed. No request had been made to extend the time to  
create an alternative proposal. The board looked at all available  
information and made a decision. This decision is now being changed.  
I'm assuming there was some extraordinary new information that led  
Scott and Bill to change the decision after talking to David.

David: would you be able to share with the rest of the board why the  
board decision should be changed?

If we are going to be able to move forward as a board, we need to  
empower committees to do tasks, and we need to make good decisions  
with available information and execute on them.

-- Dick

On 5-Apr-07, at 6:52 PM, Scott Kveton wrote:

> Hi Everybody,
> Bill and I had a discussion with David about our plans moving  
> forward and
> the proposal that Dick and I are putting forward.  David and Bill  
> are going
> to meet on Monday to talk over their donation-only model and get a  
> proposal
> out to the list by Tuesday at the latest.  In light of David being  
> out for
> the last week, I'm all for this.
> I'd like us to compare/contrast the two proposals on Tuesday -  
> Thursday and
> have any final discussion on our call next Thursday.  We could then  
> put it
> to a vote of the board unless we find some middle ground that  
> everyone can
> agree on.  Ideally we'd announce the proposed structure to the  
> General list
> on Monday of Web 2.0 Expo and offer the chance for people in town  
> to meet
> with the board members that are present to talk about the why and  
> how of the
> proposal we put forward.
> Again, I'd like to reiterate, I'm most interested in a solution  
> that is
> sustainable and palatable by the OpenID community.  The sooner we  
> find that
> solution, the better off we're going to be as a community.
> Thoughts/comments/concerns?
> - Scott
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