[OpenID board] Getting Membership Management Under Control

Chris Messina chris.messina at gmail.com
Tue Jun 2 21:04:53 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 12:17 PM, Eddy Nigg (StartCom Ltd.) <
eddy_nigg at startcom.org> wrote:

However my critic is much less that, but rather things which should have
> been done which were of importance to StartCom. Initially I think it was
> Bill who tried to get some of the things going, but he quit as the head of
> the foundation. Trying it after a long wait with Don has resulted exactly in
> nothing.
Eddy, this is simply the way that politics work. If you're able to get a
large constituency to support your goals, you're more likely to be
successful. Though the strong support of a single board member can be
useful, it's certainly not all that's needed to push change through.
This is both the benefit and risk of relying on community processes, and is
not unique to the OpenID Foundation.

I hope that you consider your experience with the OIDF against other
experiences you've had with other similar organizations (if you interact
with any) to keep things in perspective. In other words, what one member
wants or sees as being important may not resonate with the entire membership
and it is therefore upon the board to reflect the wider interests, rather
than favoring any one member.

It's certainly a challenging balance to strike, but I hope that when
considering your membership, that you don't strictly evaluate the
foundation's performance based on the adoption of any particular issue, but
take a broader look at the overall work done by the group.


Chris Messina
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