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From Christian Grobmeier <grobme...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Role of ASF board (was Re: [Discuss] Lost in translation)
Date Mon, 05 Sep 2011 12:00:02 GMT
>>> Eric,
>>> Apache has a Board of Directors, too.
>>> http://www.apache.org/foundation/ <http://www.apache.org/foundation/>
>>>
>>
>> Thanks a lot for the information, I completely missed :/
>>
>>
>>> That is a legal requirement for a Foundation.
>>
>>
>> This is a very bad news for me (personal statement)
>
> It need not be. It depends what powers the board has. I don't know about
> other places but here at the ASF the board delegates eveything to it's PMCs.
>
> The only time a board member gets involved with a project is if a) they are
> acting as an individual (where they must earn project merit like everyone
> else) b) the community asks them to in order to help resolve a community
> issue.
>
> The board has no say in the technical direction of the project.

I have only seen the board acting one time as a board. It was in a
case of the trademarks of the ASF were in danger. After this has been
clarified the board stepped out of the project again. I was not
involved in this case/project, but I was fully behind the boards
decision to step in.

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