[Numpy-discussion] NumPy steering councils members

Sebastian Berg sebastian at sipsolutions.net
Fri Jul 21 12:36:28 EDT 2017

On Fri, 2017-07-21 at 16:58 +0200, Julian Taylor wrote:
> On 21.07.2017 08:52, Ralf Gommers wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > It has been well over a year since we put together the governance
> > structure and steering council
> > (https://docs.scipy.org/doc/numpy-dev/dev/governance/people.html#go
> > vernance-people).
> > We haven't reviewed the people on the steering council in that
> > time.
> > Based on the criteria for membership I would like to make the
> > following
> > suggestion (note, not discussed with everyone in private
> > beforehand):
> > 
> > Adding the following people to the steering council:
> > - Eric Wieser
> > - Marten van Kerkwijk
> > - Stephan Hoyer
> > - Allan Haldane
> > 
> Eric and Marten have only been members with commit rights for 6
> months,
> While they have been contributing and very valuable to the project
> for
> significantly longer, I do think this it is a bit to short time to be
> considered for the steering council.
> I certainly approve of them becoming members at some point, but I do
> want to avoid the steering council to grow to large to quick as long
> as
> it does not need more members to do its job.
> What I do want to avoid is that the steering council becomes like our
> committers list, a group that only grows and never shrinks as long as
> the occasional heartbeat is heard.
> That said if we think the current steering council is not able to
> fulfil
> its purpose I do offer my seat for a replacement as I currently have
> not
> really been contributing much.

I doubt that ;). IIRC the rules were "at least one year", so you are
probably right that we should delay the official status until then, but
I care much personally.

I think all of us are in the position where we don't mind giving up
this "official" position in favor of more active people (just to note,
IIRC in two years now, it was _somewhat_ used a single time when we
donate a bit of numpy money to the mingwpy effort).

I am not sure if we had it, but we could put in (up to changes of
course), a rough number of people we aim to have on it. Just so we
don't forget to discuss that there should be a bit flux. And I am all
for some flux, because I would think it silly if those who actually
make decisions  don't end up on it because someone is occasionally
throws in a comment. And yes, that person may well be me :).

- Sebastian

> cheers,
> Julian
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