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From Benson Margulies <bimargul...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: diversity
Date Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:24:23 GMT
The diversity (so-called) requirement is often stated in terms of the
risk of the project being stranded if a company changes course. From
what I see around the Foundation, this is usually a risk much akin to
the risk of all the air molecules congregating in one corner of the
room at the board F2F, asphyxiating the board members.

A project can also fail because it loses critical mass with no
commercial participation at all. In either case, 'so what'? The
Foundation advances its mission by facilitating whatever good stuff
projects do. The Attic is just part of the lifecycle.

It seems to me that the real issue is community. TLP's wrestle with
the complexities of the real commercial world all the time. Sometimes
that gets noisy or ugly. But, as Roy writes, this is all a lot better
than the alternative. In my opinion, this PMC has to be on the lookout
for podlings which fail to build a real community and instead serve as
a facade for a corporate effort. It's hard to see how a podling can
demonstrate health in this respect without \some/ diversity in the
community at some point in its career. But this does not translate
into hard and fast rules about PMC membership.

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