Do only 28 people care about the future of Thunderbird? Please vote!

R Kent James kent at
Thu Feb 25 17:47:56 UTC 2016

As of yesterday, according to Gerv only 28 people had cast a vote in the 
ongoing process to confirm a reorganized Thunderbird Council. That is a 
turnout of less than 15% of the people eligible to vote, and that is too 

I strongly encourage you to participate in this voting process. I've 
copied Gerv's instructions below. You have less than two days to do this!


On 2/16/2016 4:24 AM, Gervase Markham wrote:
> The following message gives the arrangements for the approval vote for
> the new Thunderbird Council.
> Do NOT send votes to tb-planning.
> Timing
> ------
> Voting opens at 00:00:01 UTC on Saturday 20th February. The deadline
> for sending votes is 23:59:59 UTC on Friday 26rd February, one week later.
> This may be delayed in the unlikely event that Mozilla IT don't set up
> the voting email address in time.
> Motion
> ------
> Voters will be approving or rejecting the following motion:
> "The Thunderbird community endorses the following list of candidates to
> form a Thunderbird Council and lead the project until either a) one year
> has elapsed from the date this motion passes, or b) an organizational
> home is chosen and a new governance model is put in place. A condition
> of approval is that, in the case of b), the new Council commits to
> working in good faith with the new organizational home to implement
> governance arrangements which are acceptable to that organization, in a
> timely fashion. Or, if the organization has no governance requirements,
> the Council commits to consult on and implement a governance reform process.
> If vacancies arise on the Council during its period of office, the
> Council may leave them unfilled, or fill them using a mechanism of its
> own choosing.
> The list of candidates is:
> Florian Quèze
> Joshua Cranmer
> Jörg Knobloch
> Kent James
> Magnus Melin
> Matt Harris
> Patrick Cloke
> Philipp Kewisch
> Wayne Mery"
> Eligibility
> -----------
> Eligible voters are those who were subscribed to tb-planning as of 27th
> January 2016, or who are unsubscribed now but have posted to the list in
> 2015 or 2016.
> Voting Process
> --------------
> Voting will be by secret ballot. To vote, please send an email to:
> thunderbird-vote at
> from the email address which is subscribed to tb-planning at
> Votes must clearly indicate "Yes" or "No", in English. Unclear votes
> will be disregarded. The last clear vote from any voter before the
> deadline will be the one accepted.
> Submission email addresses will be checked against the tb-planning
> subscriber list for an _exact_ (case-insensitive) match. If you are
> claiming eligibility based on previous interactions rather than current
> subscription, you must include a link to a Google Group archived message
> that you posted to the list (from the email address you are voting with)
> on or after 1st January 2015.
> The scrutineers will examine the message to attempt to determine the
> sending date and time, but it is advised that you not vote close to the
> deadline. The last-dated clear vote from any address will be counted.
> Individual voters should not attempt to vote from more than one
> subscribed address; anyone caught doing so will be publicly named.
> Voters may choose, if they wish, to sign their votes using email signing
> technology.
> Counting and Reporting
> ----------------------
> The email address above sends copies of the voting emails to the
> scrutineers, Gervase Markham and Ben Bucksch, who has kindly agreed to
> serve in this capacity alongside me. Both scrutineers commit to keeping
> the votes confidential.
> Once the deadline passes, the scrutineers will independently count the
> votes, and in case of a difference, reconcile the discrepancy until they
> are as agreed as possible. They will then report the result to the
> tb-planning mailing list, giving:
> * Number of Yes votes
> * Number of No votes
> * Number of votes discounted due to being unclear
> * Number of votes discounted due to voter ineligibility
> * Number of votes discounted due to being late or early
> * Number of votes discounted because the two scrutineers could not
>    agree on a determination
> The motion shall be considered passed if the number of Yes votes
> strictly exceeds the number of No votes. If the number of votes in the
> final category listed above is equal to or greater than the margin of
> victory, the ballot shall be re-run.
> Gerv
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