[Linux-aus] Legal issues, minutes? [Was: State representation on the board]

Stewart Smith stewart at linux.org.au
Sat Jan 10 17:10:44 UTC 2004

On Sat, 2004-01-10 at 18:50, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> I think you may be taking the formality of the minutes a little bit too
> seriously, but that is probably a result of your background more than
> anything else. I haven't been involved with, or experienced, non-profit
> community organisations with BoD-style see-your-face-polished minutes;
> generally they don't have the same financial or legal responsibilities and
> liabilities, and have a totally different organisational focus (community
> vs. competition, openness vs. save-our-arses, etc).

I too initially thought that maybe things were a bit formal - but once
AfC explained the motivation behind this (i.e. having a straight,
boring, hard to misinterpret way of covering our arses, among other
things previously mentioned) I was a lot more comfortable with it and
indeed, now am an avid supporter of that way of doing minutes.

Indeed, there are also good arguments for not making them public at all,
and only publishing summaries publicly - it does help people get the
hint that we do want to be an open organisation.

Maybe we should have a big sign on the minutes page saying that minutes
may be withheld from the public due to legal reasons (checking with a
lawyer or an actual decision that says "don't make that public")?

> But, whether they're published this way or not, the ideas/goals expressed by
> yourself, Pia and Stewart for next year's improved communication have been
> great. Much rocking to be had.

Agreed - this will muchly help.
Stewart Smith <stewart at linux.org.au>
Linux Australia Inc
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