2011/1/12 Vincent Untz <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
I read the platforms of all candidates, and I have a few questions :-) I'd appreciate if you could take some time to answer them; it'll help me vote in an informed way.
- You described various issues you'd like to get fixed and goals you want to achieve. Will you still work on (or help with) those tasks if you're not on the board, or do you think you really need to be on the board for some of those tasks?
Of course and I will work on the goals I want to achieve even if I won't be elected on the board. Doing otherwise would be stupid. Being on the board I believe it will maybe help achieving those goals at first because it is another thing to try something and another thing to really achieve something.
- How much time per week can you secure (approximately) for the board? (I know it will be 0% of your time for some weeks, and much more for some other weeks; I'm interested in the average)
This is really my strong point. Due to the nature of my work (seasonal firefighter) with the exception of a great dissaster I can work at least 2-3 hours per day, up to 8 hours (or more if I have a day off) if needed.
- Did you attend IRC board meetings already?
Yes I did attended on some, but I did not participated in all of them, sometimes when I have nothing to say I keep silent and watch.
- It's interesting that I see nearly no note about budget/money in platforms. When (not if ;-)) we'll have the Foundation, the board will have to work on a budget. So a few questions about this...
4a) Have you experience with creating/dealing with a budget? 4b) Where will we find money for the Foundation? 4c) What should we use the money for?
4a) Yes I have a small experience from the time I used to organize gig's and from when I organized the 3rd summer camp of the motorcycle forum I was in. So yes when it comes to events I have some experience. 4b) Well we will have to be creative on this, but no matter what we do, we must not make a discount at our values for raising money. 4c) For more face to face communication among important projects participants.
- I do think it'd be useful to have some board-related meeting at FOSDEM. That should help the newly-elected board members to know faster what's happening, and how things work. Will you come to FOSDEM? (I know some people, and that's most probably true for the non-European, will likely not be able to attend; that's not an issue)
No, I won't because I am not a developer and I would not be useful for anyone there but I will be at the Marketing Hackfest a few weeks later where I believe I will make myself far more useful to the community.
- Do you care more about Free Software or Open Source? Just to be clear: there's no wrong answer. But it helps understand why you contribute to projects like openSUSE.
I strongly believe in Free Software as I strongly believe in Freedom but I accept the need for Open Source and I believe in that also because so far it cover the true needs we have as users. I hope that one day Free software will reach that level that we will no longer need Open Source.
Questions to specific candidates, related to their platform:
Kostas: do you have examples of "motives" we can give to people so they participate in the project?
From my experience in various types of communities I've learned that people in order to participate in a project they need motives. Motives for each individual can be a different thing but the 3 most common things people examine before they decide to participate in a community are, under my opinion and my experience: the way things work in a community, the effectiveness of their participation and the quality of the work done. In our community all those three are happening but I believe that we don't promote them so well. I can tell you for sure that motivating people with those three helped me and Stathis Iosifidis to built the Greek openSUSE community from scratch in 4 months and everybody can see the results of that.
I wish you all the best for the election :-)
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