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From Ted Dunning <>
Subject Re: [proposal] integrating womAn@a.o into an Apache code of practice
Date Thu, 22 Jul 2010 19:13:45 GMT
To quote this proposal:  WTF?

On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 11:30 AM, Anjana G Bhattacharjee <> wrote:

> 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
> participation.
> 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
> post.
> 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
>   address.
>   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.ofacility
>   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
>   respect)
>   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
>   incubation.
>   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.
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> All rights are reserved generally

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