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From sebb <>
Subject Re: Thoughts about reporting (was: Re: [RT] Community over policy...)
Date Tue, 17 Jan 2012 01:24:12 GMT
On 17 January 2012 01:06, Leo Simons <> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 6:42 PM, Sam Ruby <> wrote:
> <snip/>
>> We may also have semantic gaps.  Leo's [RT] may be presuming that a
>> podling's "board report"[sic] is merely a bureaucratic requirement.
> <snip/>
> Hmm :-)
> And so the threads collide...
> ...I guess I'll allow it. But since we're in my thoughts now, I'll go
> ahead and say something :-)
> I would say that
>    you need to provide a quarterly report using this template
>    and add it to that wiki page
>    and then get it signed off by a mentor [1]
> is a somewhat bureaucratic expression of
>    your community needs to be self-reflective
>    and periodically tell us how things are going,
>    because of [X] and [Y]" [1]
> and that the expression of the latter is perhaps more important than
> the expression of the former. It's definitely more interesting!

And it's more useful.

I think a lot of the arguments about rules stem from the fact that the
assumptions and reasoning behind the rules is rarely made explicit.

This has several consequences:
- people don't like the rules because their purpose is not understood
- if the rules are unclear (e.g. edge cases), it's not obvious how
they need to be interpreted
- it's very difficult to adapt the rules if the underlying assumptions change

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