So what exactly are "Contributor
One of the comments we
receive regularly is why can't individuals be “Members” of OpenNTF. -
why is membership only open to companies. After all, it is individuals
who are the main contributors of code to OpenNTF – and code is the raison
d'etre of OpenNTF.
So, we checked around
to see what other open source organizations did. One solution that
was appealing (similar to what Eclipse does) is to include Contributor
representatives on the Board of Directors So, for the election of
the founding Board of OpenNTF, we are asking the Contributors to elect
So – how does this work:
Right now, nominations
are open. Any Contributor can send a note to the IP Manager to nominate
him/herself. Nominations close on October 7. We have two nominations
Each nominee must provide
us with a statement saying why they should be an OpenNTF Director. These
statements will be published in this blog. Then, during the week
of October 10, those people who are registered Contributors will be asked
to vote for up to three of the nominees.
We hope that having Contributor
Directors will make the Board more representative of the OpenNTF community.