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Collaboration Guidelines - 1st Draft

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Hello, everyone.

This is the first draft of the collaboration guidelines.

The final version will be available as webpages as well.

Please tell me if I was very demanding or very permissive. Are you missing something? What would you change? Please criticize with no mercy.

Also, because I'm not a native English speaker, please tell me if I made any mistake.

Cheers!

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It's great! Now for the

It's great!

Now for the criticisms without mercy... ;-)

  • There are some awkwardly phrased English sentences... it'll be quicker to correct them myself than to list them, send me or publish the source file.
  • I think the tone is sometimes a little too strict... for example, on the requirements for a local registration of an NGO, and various other places. Sometimes more "trust" that people will do the right thing, might be nice.

Overall, great, thanks, I think it'll come in handy... we have to decide how to change the structure of GGL now.

Olivier.

PS: this makes me think: I posted the bylaws as HTML on the planet. Specific parts can be linked to directly, ex http://planet.getgnulinux.org/about/bylaws#motivation or #8.3.

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Alright! I also thought I

Alright!

I also thought I was very paranoic at some points Smiling It's just that I want to be cautious about who's allowed to act on behalf of GLM.

Here's the original document: http://test.getgnulinux.org/temp/collaboration_guidelines/draft1.odt

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ariadacapo wrote: PS: this
ariadacapo wrote:

PS: this makes me think: I posted the bylaws as HTML on the planet. Specific parts can be linked to directly, ex http://planet.getgnulinux.org/about/bylaws#motivation or #8.3.

Oops, I forgot about this...

I'd prefer http://planet.getgnulinux.org/about/bylaws#motivation and the like.

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Updated version, draft 2:

Updated version, draft 2: [PDF] | [ODT]

I tried to make things "easier", by removing lots of strict requirements - I tried to keep thing as open as possible and "not eliminate possibilities" when it's not purely required. We can always be a bit stricter when things start to take off, for now there's only 0 embassy =)

Gustavo wrote:

I'd prefer http://planet.getgnulinux.org/about/bylaws#motivation and the like.

The h2 titles can be found with the text (like #motivation) while the h3 titles only have numbers (simpler to manage).

Cheers!

Olivier.

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I like it! I'm going to

I like it!

I'm going to work on how to use our svn repos.

Cheers!

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BTW, I think ambassadors

BTW, I think ambassadors should be elected periodically, for example yearly.

What if there's someone better willing to be ambassador, but that country already has one? By "better" I mean that s/he's more proactive, understands better our philosophy, among other.

Cheers!

PD: This is my post #100!!

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NGO term

I forgot to add: as you might have noticed, I removed the term "NGO" from the paper.

Though I like the acronym a lot, I am not sure it is appropriate to describe GLM, yet. Indeed an important characteristic of an NGO is the "not self-interested" status. This has nothing to do with "non-profit": for example, a local bicycle club might be non-profit but has the outspoken objective of benefiting its members exclusively.
Untill today there's nothing we have done for our own benefit, however things are going to be harder in the coming months where I hope to get a part-time salary from GLM. Officially we will have to prove we are disinterested and apply for the title of "association d'intérêt général", which will take 9 months. Most probably, at the end of the summer things will be much clearer.

So to sum up, the title of NGO is very particular, in France at least, and I wouldn't want to de-value the term (and the hard work of the few officially declared NGOs) by just self-appointing ourselves as one. We'll see soon how good we are doing. ;-)

Olivier.

PS: about elections, why not? But maybe simply having several embassies per country will reduce the possibility of conflicts. It was complicated enough setting-up the association, I think we can wait and see for embassy elections.

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Alright! But if we allow

Alright!

But if we allow several ambassadors per country, we'll pick up one as contact person in such a country, right?

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Third working draft

Hi.

This is the third working draft (source).

Changelog:

  • Ambassadors are elected once a year.
  • When synchronizing a translated website to a given revision number of the original, commiters must point out the revision number they're upgrading to.
  • Finished "How to use the GLM subversion repositories".
  • If Embassies are going to be registered locally, their bylaws must be compatible (not similar) to those of GLM. ("Compatible" is more accurate, IMO)
  • If someone is willing to provide us with some material, its license should be compatible (not similar) with ours. ("Compatible" is more accurate, IMO)
  • Indented the 1st line of every paragraph.

Pending:

  • Starting a translation project from scratch.
  • How to edit GLM websites.
  • Screencasts for the svn howto.

Don't you forget about criticizing without mercy!

Cheers!

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