Resignation from Thunderbird Council
ben.bucksch at beonex.com
Tue Jan 30 02:05:05 UTC 2018
Hello Thunderbird community,
thank you for your trust and having elected me as member of the
You are probably not aware of it, because it happens on a closed mailing
list, but the TB Council has been actively discussing in the last year.
I have almost 3000 messages just for Council matters in less than one
year, that's 10 messages per day.
Oftentimes, I have spent more time for Thunderbird Council discussions
than I have spent on my day job. As you can probably understand, this
has been a huge drain on me and is not a situation that is sustainable
for me. This has greatly contributed to my decision to resign.
The other reason is that we have not actually made progress in the areas
that were most important to me and why I joined the Council in the first
place. To tell everybody which direction I think we need to take, I
posted a small excerpt of some motions that I presented before the
Council. I do not include the results or responses, because I speak for
Here's what I consider the most important and immediate needs for the
Thunderbird project and Council:
1. Start Thunderbird: Next Generation
<https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird/NextGeneration> project - to
have a base for the next 20 years
2. Create a legal entity for Thunderbird - to operate more swiftly
3. Ensure that the Council work is open, transparent, and following
wishes of end users
I do hope, however, that *somebody else* can pick up and help
Thunderbird go into the future. Part of why I post this now is to allow
others to contemplate this before the Council election, which will
happen soon. There should be some open spots in the next council, so if
you want to shape the long-term future of Thunderbird, and have a vision
for it and the action to back it up, now's the time to engage. The
issues are even more pressing now than a year ago. We need people who
have ideas, take initiative and propose practical solutions, which they
are ready to also make a reality themselves.
My resignation will be effective at the latest after the new council has
been elected, but likely much earlier, possibly already at the end of
this week, Feb 4. I haven't entirely decided yet.
I am really sorry about this, and I feel I let the project down, but I
think it's the best course of action at this moment.
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