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The CodePlex Foundation: First Impressions (and Recommendations)

Sep 14, 2009, 21:04 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The CodePlex site also makes clear that the Bylaws you can find there are just a starter set, stating, "Our governance documents are deliberately sparse, because we expect them to change."

"That's good to hear, because I've reviewed all of the material at the CodePlex site, and I think that quite a bit of the governance structure will need to change before CodePlex can expect to attract broad participation.

"Over the past 22 years, I've helped structure scores of open, consensus based consortia and foundations, and represented over 100 in all (disclosure: they include the Linux Foundation; a full list can be found here). In this blog entry, I'll show where I think the legal and governance structure of CodePlex has wandered off the open path, and offer specific recommendations for how the structure could be changed to give people (other than Microsoft business partners) confidence that CodePlex will be an organization worth joining."

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