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From Anjana G Bhattacharjee <>
Subject [proposal] integrating womAn@a.o into an Apache code of practice
Date Thu, 22 Jul 2010 18:30:53 GMT
20100722 / APORIA WORK / XIIX


Previously at Apache, we have had a list named "women@a.o" that both men and
women have posted and subscribed to at varying degrees of overt

Now, personally would like to propose having a single email address, to be
named "" that can be used by both men and women to make a

This email address would ostensibly be assigned to one person, e.g. me, to
start with, and once a working technical specification has been agreed, if
possible, all other persons would be able to invoke use of it in any
situation where he/she/they sees fit and/or where he/she/they may find it
preferable to disclosing their usual email address at the time of use,
albeit in good faith.

All posts that use this facility, subject to technical feasibility, can then
be queried in digest form and reviewed periodically together with access to
a limited context for each instance of use in order to be able to gauge its
usefulness, mysteriousness, and/or otherwise for any reason whatsoever, as
the case may turn out to be.


   1. The Prime Mover, e.g. me, is assigned the womAn@a.o as their email
   2. The email address can then be used by any list member to post to any
   list to which he/she/they may be subscribed as a current list member, by way
   of an alternative option to using their usual - and known - subscriber's
   email address, as if to be wearing the womAn@a.o hat so to speak, for
   that specific instance of use.
   3. The Prime Mover can only verify their own posts, and so all other
   posts appearing on lists bearing the email address womAn@a.o are
   anonymous to the Prime Mover. Similarly, any other person using this email
   address can only verify their own posts, and in this sense, it may be
   advisable for persons to keep a personal archive of their posts should
   questions of validity arise in due course, albeit this is not compulsory.
   4. Any person can request a digest of all instances of use of the email
   address womAn@a.o in limited context for the lists for which he/she/they
   are legitimately subscribed to only. For example, the Prime Mover, e.g. me,
   may not be able to request a digest for private lists in the event that
   subscription approval is pending. As such, it is encouraged that each list
   learn to collaboratively digest their own digests, so that the Prime Mover
   can move on in due course.
   5. When an incident arises that may be of possible note in the public
   interest, the matter may be suggested as a possible topic for discussion on
   the dev@community.a.o list, or any other such list that may be set up to
   accommodate such "womAn"-specific discussion should this be preferred.
   6. The Prime Mover may offer summary observations at periodic intervals
   to the designated discussion list, at his/her/their sole discretion.
   7. As the use of the email address womAn@a.o becomes a trusted option for
   those persons that find uses for it, in whatever way, shape, or form, this
   inventive code-of-practice may be considered for productization.
   8. As a possible product, implementing a womAn@a.n.other facility (as
   distinct from a service) could pave the way for fee-based consultancy
   services. Demand for consultancy is initially directed toward the Prime
   Mover in order to pull together a relevant team at his/her/their discretion.
   This is where a person who has been actively using the womAn@a.o facility
   may wish to verify his/her/their role in specific instances in order to
   validate his/her/their portfolio of experiences when offering to join the
   team of consultants that then get employed externally.
   9. 10% of any income generated by providing the impetus for any such
   derivative employment, if any, will be held in a common womAn@a.o Trust
   Fund (WTF).
   10. The cash accrued in the WTF, to the aporia-alogoritmic sum of X, will
   first be used as prize monies for an inaugral mixed-match Golf tournament to
   be offered as a BarCamp activity during the Vancover 2011 meeting, with
   competitions designed for both proficient players and non-players alike [2],
   in order to celebrate the diversity of inclusive forms of valuing
   participation which in turn can serve to widen forms of participating in our
   meritocracy, perhaps.
   11. Each team entering the womAn@a.o Golf Tournament (WGT) pays a blind
   donation based on his/her/their ability to pay. For example, Labs [3] may
   enter a team which is sponsored by Labs for which Labs collectively attracts
   external sponsorship in addition which they collectively donate as a group,
   or alternatively, Labs may prefer that individuals from Labs donate
   individually as per their underlying work ethic perhaps, all other things
   being equal. Friends/family/guests may also be invited by team members to
   play on their team, and/or support their team by caddying/spectating/whatev
   - i.e. the point is not so much to compete, but to play at our leisure.
   12. Any monies raised by the variable fees in total is donated to the On
   Course Foundation [1].
   13. Any monies that have been generated through the merchandising of the
   womAn@a.o brand up to and including the day of the WGT, if any, is also
   donated to the On Course Foundation on this inaugral occasion.
   14. womAn@a.n.other company merchandising may be granted under licence to
   clients of any derivative consultancy services with any monies accruing to
   the WTF, if any.
   15. If the WTF continues to grow beyond the inaugral WGF in Vancouver
   2011, then as soon as the surplus funds reach the aporia-algorithmic sum of
   X, payment of X will be made to the Prime Mover, i.e. me, for the
   origination of this idea. If the funds continue to grow beyond the sum of X,
   as soon as it has reached a sum of X again, this may be divided into 10
   equal shares to be distributed amongst the 10 trustees of the WTF. Nine
   founding trusteeships of the WTF will initially be offered to all those who
   posted a vote with regards to womAn@a.o's previous incarnation as the
   women@a.o list, plus a tenth to be offered by way of Honorary Chair to
   Denise (as is the Prime Mover's, i.e. my own, preference with all due
   16. Beyond such one off payments being made, primarily for the purposes
   of demonstrating the aporia-algorithmic sum of X in practice, the WTF can be
   used for a next round of iterative development if needs be.
   17. Alternatively and/or additionally, the proposed integration of
   womAn@a.o into an Apache code of practice may be deemed a success for all
   Apache intents and purposes and the womAn@a.o project is archived for
   open educational purposes, together with any documentation generated by any
   derivative employment undertaken subject to client agreement. In this sense,
   it is anticipated that the technical aspects of implementing a
   womAn@a.n.other client may necessarily require a bespoke implementation
   confidential to the clients own email system in some cases. However, it may
   be that some technical aspects of the womAn@a.o orginal may be
   packageable into a FLOSS offering in the first instance. In the second
   instance, clients that wish to go it alone based on the possible richness of
   their own existing codes of practices would be encouraged to do so, with
   possible scholarly peer review services rather than a full set of
   consultancy services being offered as a more affordable alternative in due
   course, albeit this may not be available from the outset whilst capacity
   building for such possible service provision remains in scholarly
   18. Irrespective of whether or not the womAn@a.o facility can be
   productized at any stage, it is hoped that our inaugral womAn@a.o Golf
   Tournament can become a growing annual and inclusive offering, at least
   until 2016 when Golf is due to feature as an Olympic sport for the first
   time. As such, it is hoped that our efforts at understanding possibly
   different inclusive codes of practice, as against otherwise exclusive codes,
   can continue to deepen, not only across genders, but also across
   generations, cultures, and the differently-abled living beings that we might
   happen to be. Further, it is hoped that our interaction with the On Course
   Foundation can inspire its membership to be open to including all
   nationalities without borders, i.e. not just across the UK and US as at
   present, at pace with our own efforts, if not faster, in the full spirit of
   free as in liberty, not just free as in beer.


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