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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: Resigning from Cocoon PMC Chair
Date Tue, 08 Apr 2003 12:05:45 GMT
Torsten Curdt wrote:

> Matthew Langham wrote:
>>>> If Steven had not put up his hand, then he would have been
>>>> proposed anyway. Are there any other proponents
>>> I propose and would vote for Carsten Ziegler, and Sylvain if he doesn't
>>> want to.
> Geez! Carsten, Steven, Sylvain...
> ...that's not an easy vote :-/

Yep. Not easy. So let's simplify it...

First of all, I must say that I'm *very honoured* to see people 
spontaneously proposing me for the PMC chair. This makes me realize that 
I have a place in this community whose importance I heavily 
underestimated. And this feels good ;-)

Now, although honoured, and after having some deep thoughts (hence this 
late reply), I don't want to be the PMC chair. There are several reasons 
for this, which I explain below, in no particular order.

Personality. I'm much better at technical things than at managing and 
organizing. I consider that most of the job of the PMC chair is composed 
of legalese, reports and discussions with the ASF board. This isn't my 
cup of tea and I don't think I would be very good at that. There's also 
arbitration, which I may be better at. But this community rarely needs 
arbitration. And it these rare occasions, we're most of the time able to 
solve the problems through discussion and consensus.

Time. It has been said that being a PMC chair doesn't require so much 
time. But I know myself : things that I must do but I find boring take 
me twice (or more) the time really necessary to do them. I prefer using 
my time available for Cocoon to more technical tasks. I also have a job 
and a life which, although Cocoon is a part of them, I need to dedicate 
time to.

Steven's candidature. I know Steven personally and appreciate him. Some 
people seem not to like him, but we have to consider that only those 
that do nothing never make mistakes. Steven participates to a lot of 
things related to the ASF organization and this inevitably means that 
some of his actions are not well perceived. But my overall opinion is 
that Steven is the right person for the tasks that a PMC chairman has to 
do. He also set up several good things for the Cocoon community : last 
year's gettogether, the Cocoon wiki, etc.

Also, and I don't want to this to be taken as a criticism, I consider 
Steven more suited for the chairman job than Carsten. I also know 
Carsten personally and appreciate him, and think he's the same kind of 
person as I am : a very good technician. And since the chairman job is 
more organizational than technical, someone with strong organizational 
abilities seems to me a better choice.

Now these are my personal opinions, and the community will choose.


Sylvain Wallez                                  Anyware Technologies 
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