I'm happy to announce that Tavmjong Bah & Johan Engelen have been
elected and have accepted their positions on the board. A few people
had voted off-lists, however, it does not affect the results in the
end (they actually had more votes including those). So, to Johan &
Tav, congratulations and welcome aboard! :)
We held elections last week for the two open spots on the board. The
results are in and "Johan Engelen" <jbc.engelen@...31...> &
"Tavmjong Bah" <tavmjong@...47...> have been elected. I'm guessing that
you or Tony are the ones to make it all official, so I'm initiating
the discussion to make it happen.
Here is Aaron's email indicating his preference to be replaced.
----- Forwarded message from Aaron Spike <aaron@...7...> -----
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:44:02 -0500
From: Aaron Spike <aaron@...7...>
To: Bryce Harrington <bryce@...24...>
Subject: Re: [Inkscape-board] [Elections] Board interest check
On 9/12/2012 11:39 AM, Bryce Harrington wrote:
> We have a couple spots we need to fill on the board, and are in process
> of organizing an election of the Inkscape development community.
> I figure this would be a good opportunity to do a quick check among all
> existing board members to verify you're still have the time and interest
> to continue board work. Please reply to me by the end of the week and
> let us know you're willing to continue in your role. Thanks!
I still believe that my place on the board would be better filled by
someone with a more active role in the community.
----- End forwarded message -----
We have a couple spots we need to fill on the board, and are in process
of organizing an election of the Inkscape development community.
I figure this would be a good opportunity to do a quick check among all
existing board members to verify you're still have the time and interest
to continue board work. Please reply to me by the end of the week and
let us know you're willing to continue in your role. Thanks!
I am recycling Aaron Spike's email from the last time we went through this.
As many of you know, Inkscape is a member organization of the Software
Freedom Conservancy ( http://sfconservancy.org/ ) and that we have a
board. The board/committee consists of Josh Andler, Jon Cruz, Ted
Gould, Bryce Harrington, Nathan Hurst, MenTaLguY and Aaron Spike.
Bryce Harrington currently serves as the Representative (the official
board representative on behalf of Inkscape to the SFC). Dr. Hurst had
previously resigned his position on the board and Aaron has done so
more recently. Therefore we must elect new committee members to fill
the open spots. I will be collecting nominations through the weekend
(ending Sunday, September 16th unless there is great desire for an
extension to the nomination period). Anyone listed in the AUTHORS file
(as of September 10, 2012) may make a nomination. Anyone listed in the
AUTHORS file (as of September 10, 2012) may be nominated. Nominees are
free to refuse nomination. Just as a heads up, if you use a pseudonym,
you will have to sign the agreement with your legal name (not that
this information gets released to the public). Note: The dates related
to the AUTHORS file are to avoid anyone trying to get in at the last
second, and they will always adjust with future nomination periods.
Typically the board votes on things such as project fund expenditures
(travel, conferences, marketing materials for events, etc), trademark
related issues (a topic currently be worked on), other legal issues
that arise, etc. Our hope is that by refreshing the board, that we'll
be better suited to give better guidance on items and hopefully be
more effective at supporting the Inkscape project and our community as
As specified in Section 6 or our charter we maintain a committee of
seven project members. Section 6 reads as follows:
"6. Representation of the Project in the Conservancy. The Developers,
each a signatory hereto, shall represent the Project in its official
communication with the Conservancy. There shall be seven Developers
(together, the "Committee"), elected by the community members of the
Project listed in the Project's AUTHORS file (the "Community
Members"). Each Developer shall continue to serve until he or she
resigns from the position. The Developers may be removed from the
position at any time by a majority vote of the Community Members. Upon
the resignation or removal of a Developer, the Community Members shall
elect a replacement Developer to serve on the Committee. The Committee
will elect a single individual to communicate with the Conservancy
(the "Representative") and shall notify the Conservancy promptly
following the election of a new Representative. The Representative
will have the authority to instruct the Conservancy on the Project's
behalf on all matters. This section may be modified by a vote of at
least 3/4 of the Community Members, with the consent of the
Conservancy, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld."
The election itself will take place from the 17th through the 23rd.
The process will be voting for your top two choices (all votes carry
equal weight) and the two names with the most votes will be elected.
Thank you to everyone for your participation.
P.S. I have uploaded a redacted copy of the full Charter at:
(modified only for privacy reasons). We will get something more
official in place soon.