Back when I wrote Is openNTF
In Danger Of Jumping The Shark on MAY 12th it sparked a lot
of comments and other blog entries around the same topic. I was told, both
online and offline, that the changes were a good thing but the details
needed to be worked out and that my concerns and the concerns of others
would be evaluated and where possible would be addressed. In the past two
months I have put up with the technical difficulties of the forums on OpenNTF
and I have been asking questions, making suggestions and even researching
the Apache foundation for answers.
Some may argue that two months is not
a lot of time to give the OpenNTF steering committee to fix all the problems
but as an outsider to the process all I can see is more and more red tape
being introduced, take for example the latest Steering Committee minutes
which were submitted by somebody who was not even on the call ( as were
the minutes from their previous meeting ). There are NON-Steering Committee
people on the call, the technical committee should be having their own
discussions and one member of the steering committee who is on the technical
committee should be passing back the info to the steering committee, by
having them all on the call it means that can interact and influence topics
of the steering committee’s meeting that they are not a part of. The latest
minutes also sees the introduction of yet another IBM staff member. Instead
of just the one IBM person on the steering committee it is now possible
that there would be five IBMers on the call. Need I point out the entire
section in the meeting minutes called ‘IBM Agenda Items’.
If the Steering Committee really want
full transparency of the process they would publish their meeting minutes
as unedited MP3’s. It was ‘permitted’ in the meeting minutes of the May
28th meeting. IBM had to specifically allow it for some reason, It’s like
they had a veto over the steering committee or something…
Like Bruce Elgort earlier this week
I have been left disillusioned by the direction that OpenNTF is heading.
Nobody can say that I didn’t try, just look at the working group forums
and you’ll see that I was among the very very few non-steering committee
people who was actively participating and so, till OpenNTF get their act
together and realize the damage that they have done to this once excellent
community resource I am pulling ALL my projects from OpenNTF.
If you are also an OpenNTF Project
Owner that I urge you to do the exact same. We only get one vote on how
OpenNTF is run and that is by voting with our feet and walking away from
the disaster it has become.
Removing your projects is very easy.
Just log into OpenNTF and click on the projects section. You’ll see a list
of your projects on the right side of the screen
Selecting each project in turn make
sure you have a download of the projects latest release and then in the
release document just click on the ‘Delete Document’ button.
This will remove the download files
for the project. Next go to the ‘About’ tab for your project and click
the ‘Delete Document’ button there also.
Do this for all your projects, don’t
worry about all the orphaned bug reports and other project documents, at
this stage it’s no longer your problem, I’m sure the ‘Technical Committee’
can clean them up.
When your finished your profile
over on the right will look like this
OpenNTF, I tried, You failed.