Thunderbird and finances
kent at caspia.com
Wed Aug 15 19:35:04 UTC 2012
On 8/15/2012 7:11 AM, Gervase Markham wrote:
> MoFo currently accepts directed donations for projects like Bugzilla and
> Calendar. They have indicated a willingness to do so for Thunderbird as
> long as the Thunderbird community has an active process and a plan for
> deciding what happens to the money.
> My view is that the Mozilla way of dealing with this would be for the
> module owners of Thunderbird as a whole (currently dbienvenu and
> standard8) to have the role of deciding (although they could, of course,
> delegate it). Perhaps they can confirm that they would be OK with that?
Thanks Gervase for raising this issue.
My own feeling on this though is that such a discussion is premature.
The issue of finance for future Thunderbird development is, in my
opinion, absolutely critical to determining whether Thunderbird fades
away or remains vibrant. But the degree of effort toward finances, and
the approaches to take, needs to be carefully considered by the
leadership of the "Thunderbird community".
Yet the future "Thunderbird community" is currently unorganized, if by
the "Thunderbird community" you mean "unpaid volunteers" which seems to
be the way it has been used euphemistically here in previous
discussions. You seem to be defining the community leadership as
synonymous with the module owners, but that is both very developer
focused, as well as currently a relic of the past where the leadership
is dominated by paid Mozilla staff.
So while I think it is good to realize that Mozilla has a history of
managing project-specific donations, and would be willing to consider
that for Thunderbird, we really need to decide on the structure of the
"Thunderbird community" and its leadership before we take that on.
As a side note, I tried to bootstrap some community leadership using as
a base the individual community members that were invited to the Mozcamp
summit, but I got both a weak response to that, as well as a pretty firm
repudiation from JB, so I've given up on that approach. Now I think we
have to wait until everyone gets back from vacations, the Warsaw Mozcamp
summit takes place, and existing staff move into new assignments so that
we can see what is left.
Kent James :rkent
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