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From Anjana G Bhattacharjee <>
Subject Re: [proposal] integrating womAn@a.o into an Apache code of practice
Date Thu, 29 Jul 2010 07:45:12 GMT
Just a note to mark 7 days since the date of this proposal - thank you for
all responses so far - still listening ;-) best, A

On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 7:30 PM, 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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