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Writing a new charter

systems's picture


This stems from several reasons (not being criticized).

  • Most people don't care about principles
  • Most people take it for granted they don't like the rules, and don't bother trying to change them

If this group wants to have a charter, then we should encrouage more debates and discussions about it, as many people as possible should have a mark in the charter.

To motivate people to participate in something we must first explain why it is important.

This will be hard because the issue the charter address are very subjective, but we should try anyway.

This wiki page will be refactored a lot, writing down ideas, and organizing them will consume a lot of time.

First we need to answer this, which turned out to be more complicated than I expected.

What is the charter?

EGLUG is a thing, and this thing, needed rules to be controled and managed, and the rules needed a place to stay, and this place was called the charter.

The charter can all be the place to state the principals that guided to creation of those rules

The charter can be the statement of the direction, of our activities.

Regardless of who we are, or what we do, or why we do it, our efforts have a direction, to lead our efforts in a better direction we need a statement of this direction!

What makes this hard is,

  1. in many cases you can effectively perform the activity, without, having a direction and
  2. many people who have well defined and different directions can have interest in the same activity.

From this we can argue, that the charter should not point to a direction, that the activity is our focal point, and that the charter elaborate of the resources gathered for an activity.

So we can say, that EGLUG provides an activity environment, for all activities related to FOSS

And the charter should elaborate on the attributes of this environment.

Again, the most imporant things is not to create better rules, but to create more interest in them, and better understand in them.

The wording will be very imporant, I want to use, simple and intriguing words. For one, I believe using the word charter was a mistake, I didn't know its meaning, and think most people did not.

Even the arabic word "دستور" is still a bad choice.

What is EGLUG?

I kind of failed to find one single true category to typify EGLUG, the moral is, I think it's useful to open the discussion of what is EGLUG and the related issue of what is it's objective, this definition should not be written by a single person, I think a wiki interface where any visitor can add his reflexion is optimal, please contribute your opinion!

Questions I believe needs a better answer or an answer.

  • Who controls EGLUG
  • Why EGLUG need rules?
  • Why EGLUG needs principals?
  • Why do we need to write all this stuff down?


YoussefAssad's picture

Well blow me down

What do I see here? systems exerting a noble effort. Makes me glad.

Systems, keep working on it please. I'm relieved you're finally taking positive steps to let us know what you want and feel, just get it done in time for the charter review.

I'll be the happiest person when a valid (yet radically different) charter overthrows the one I've written; this will mean that the community is finally sustainable beyond the people who started it.


Alaa's picture

I'll be more glad when he does something FOSS related

for a change ya3ni, just for the sake of originality


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Ashraf's picture

Nice Words ..

I m with you heart and soul, looking forward next steps ..

Ashraf A. Abd El-Aziem

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