2010-09-02 MEETING PROPOSAL: discussion on Annual User Survey

Jon Masters jonathan at jonmasters.org
Thu Sep 2 00:03:02 UTC 2010

On Wed, 2010-09-01 at 19:47 -0400, Jon Stanley wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 7:34 PM, inode0 <inode0 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > What is preventing you from just going off and doing it now? I hope
> > you find encouragement but I also hope the board doesn't get in the
> > business of issuing mandates.
> Correct me if I'm wrong, but I read what Jon was looking for as more
> of permission than a mandate of "you SHALL do this" - obviously he
> already wants to. I think we should give encouragement to this,
> because I think the data is extraordinarily valuable. Also, he
> mentioned that there are outside companies that could be contracted to
> do this - implying a financial cost. While the board has no finances
> as such to direct, we can certainly say to CommArch or more directly
> Fedora Engineering (as anyone else can) that we think this is a
> valuable use of money.
> Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong :)

You are exactly right Jon. What I want from the Board is:

1). "We would like this done". That says I'm not acting alone and that
they agree with doing this. That makes it easier to get others to help
because they will see that this is helpful to the project as a whole.

2). The financial cost exists if the Board prefer to have it done
independently of the project, which should be considered, and is another
reason why I have asked that they discuss it.

I gather this discussion will actually happen on Friday, not tomorrow.
The Board wiki page has had an incorrect meeting time for some time, but
(other) Jon just corrected it at my request. I am unable to attend on
Friday, even if there were a public IRC, since I will be driving to
upstate NY for a weddding. But don't let me gate the discussion. Have at
it, and let me know what is decided.


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