list of TB contributors and governance

Benjamin Kerensa bkerensa at
Tue Oct 23 00:10:21 UTC 2012

On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 4:48 PM, Kent James <kent at> wrote:

> While aceman and I worked together to come up with the list of TB
> contributors, I had a little different purpose in mind than he had.
> I've stated here several times that I don't believe that a future
> Thunderbird governance model which is based on the list of Thunderbird
> module owners is the best model. The model that I have been considering
> proposing instead is to use a list of significant contributors, and let
> that list of significant contributors vote democratically on governance
> issues (that is, one vote per person). So my contribution to the list
> originally started by aceman had that in mind as a secondary purpose. As
> you can see, about 70 people form that list, and IMHO are the correct group
> to have ultimate authority over key Thunderbird decisions.
> Although I am not that familiar with the Plone project, this model is very
> similar to the description that they have on their website for their
> governance. In particular, they have thought through the definition of a
> "significant contributor" and have established a list of guidelines here
>**membership/meritguidelines/<>that could serve as an example of what I am proposing. I would expect that
> the broad list of significant contributors would probably want to establish
> a smaller governing council of some sort that would make more routine
> decisions.
> Although I am not yet prepared to give a full description or defense of
> this proposal, let me state some of the reasons that I don't see the module
> owners list as being the best model:
> 1) Issues that may generate some controversy, such as recent discussions
> of how to raise money and how to spend money, currently have no way to
> reach a resolution, as there is no functioning body that is taking
> responsibility for such decisions.
> 2) The module owner list is too narrow. There is no real place for many
> stakeholders to have a voice in big issues.
> 3) The module list is directly controlled by Mozilla insiders, and not my
> the broader community of people who contribute to Thunderbird.
> 4) Certain critical roles, particularly in areas such as marketing, are
> not being filled, and no person or group is in a position to advocate to
> get them filled.

I would be more than happy to volunteer to help with Marketing/Evangelism
for TB.

> 5) I don't see any evidence that the module owners, as a group, are taking
> responsibility for broader issues of Thunderbird direction.
> :rkent
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