I started a thread on advocacy-discuss
about the OGB community reorganization
and new opensolaris.org webapp coming (here
) in the near future. I hope it generates some discussion and some consensus.
As the OpenSolaris Governing Board (OGB) discusses the possible reorg and community
simplification, I wanted to bring up the OpenSolaris User Group (OSUG) issue so we could go back
to the OGB with our input. The time for this discussion is right now, so I
wanted to make sure everyone in the Advocacy CG and the OSUGs had an opportunity to participate.
There are a few issues involved: (1) the OGB's community reorg, (2) the progress
on the new opensolaris.org webapp, and (3) the desire of some in
Advocacy to see the OSUGs have a higher profile on the site. History: I migrated all the OSUGs to individual projects
within the merged
Advocacy CG last year. But at the time I felt, and many agreed, that
this was a temporary solution to solve an immediate problem and that in
the future we could do more to help the OSUGs evolve on the site. That
future is now.
There are two key features of the new webapp related to this
discussion: (1) it will be able to recognize new collective groups
(user groups, SIGs, consolidations, or whatever we want to specify) so
we'll have new options for organizing the community, and (2) it will
include a new content management system based on a wiki so it will be
easier to edit and maintain. The new webapp will be implemented over
time, of course, so we will all have to go through a migration of
content to move to the new site in the future. So we may as well decide
now how we want OSUGs to be characterized in the new webapp.
We have some obvious options:
- Do nothing. Leave the OSUGs as sponsored projects inside
Advocacy. The new webapp will allow horizontal relationships between
collectives as well as hierarchical relationships. So, we can just
leave things alone and see what the OGB comes up with -- whether the
new system is horizontal or hierarchical or just a cleaned up version
of what we have now.
- Move the OSUGs to opensolaris.com, which is supposed to evolve
into the central user site for the community. The big issue there would
be that moving OSUGs to another site would remove them from the
OpenSolaris governance system, and we don't know how OSUG members would
feel about that.
- Choose to assert that OSUGs should be their own collective along
Community Groups and Projects when the new webapp is implemented. The
new webapp will allow this functionality. Also, this option would keep
the OSUGs within the OpenSolaris governance system, thus preserving all
the Contributor and Core Contributor grants. How we grant Contributor
and Core Contributor status would have to be considered, but that issue
is also being discussed as part of a potential OGB reorg.
The OGB is a dependency here. I'm not sure how the OGB will implement a
reorg at this time, and there is no time line or schedule at the
moment. Also, we can't actually change our status without going to the
OGB, but we don't necessarily have to wait for reorg, either. The two
issues are not necessarily joined. There's nothing stopping us from
going to the OGB and asserting what we want independent of the reorg.
That would be helpful to the OGB, actually, since Advocacy is the
largest CG in the community, and the OGB needs to hear from the entire
community about these issues well before a reorg actually takes place.
Here's my view: I propose we ask the OGB to let the OSUGs become a new
collective -- User Groups -- on the site when that functionality
becomes available whether the reorg is specified or not. This would not
get in the way of a potential reorg. In fact, it could be part of a
multi-step reorg, but more importantly, it could enable the OSUGs to
have the same status as Community Groups and Projects if the reorg is
delayed, or we decide a reorg is not needed, or if the reorg is
relatively minor with no structural or relationship changes to what we
have now. The OSUGs are different from CGs and Projects, so they ought
to have their own space. My goal is
to move the OSUGs out from under the Advocacy CG, maintain governance status for the 4,000 people involved, and help the OSUGs grow in size, activity, and number. In other words, I want faster growth, more exposure, and less process.
Agree? Disagree? Any other options we should consider?