On 12/9/18 12:27 PM, Richard Brown wrote:
For those who may not know, openSUSE Members are those contributors
who have rights to vote in openSUSE Board elections or other votes
requiring a formal decision by the Project as a whole.
At this years annual Face to Face Board meeting, the Board decided to
change the rules related to the Membership eligibility and approval
process, based on the proposal and feedback from this thread in
The Elections Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the
openSUSE Board and Richard for their swift and decisive action on this
We understand the Board's initial reluctance on this issue, but they
responded in the appropriate way when we asked for action on the matter.
The Elections Committee discussed all the pros and cons of this issue in
great depth and at great length. In the end, we came to the conclusion
that the changes to the Membership Rules:
1. Were properly decided at a much earlier date by the Board according
to any Rules or Guidelines, and according to discussions with the
2. We could find no way in which these changes could alter the outcome
of the Elections that are about to be underway. In fact, we decided
that even the perception of conflict would require a considerable
stretch of the imagination.
We therefore asked the Board to act in order to eliminate any ambiguity
in the eligibility of voters.
They took the appropriate action, fully endorsed by the Elections
Committee and based on our extensive investigation into the implications.
We now can finalize the Election Schedule and the process can begin.
The Elections Committee:
M. Edwin Zakaria
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