[openstack-dev] [tc] Who is allowed to vote for TC candidates

Maish Saidel-Keesing maishsk at maishsk.com
Thu Apr 30 09:07:37 UTC 2015

On 04/30/15 10:15, Thierry Carrez wrote:
> Doug Hellmann wrote:
>>> Anyway, I find it curious that the TC is elected by those within the
>>> developer community but TC candidates talk about representing the operator
>>> community who are not allowed to vote. Operators meaning Admins,
>>> Architects, etc. It sounds like this is something most TC candidates want
>>> which most would agree is a good thing. At least I think so. ; )
>> I'm going to nitpick on terminology a bit. The TC is elected by
>> *technical contributors*, not developers, as described in the charter:
>> http://governance.openstack.org/reference/charter.html#voters-for-tc-seats-atc
> +1
> I think there is a key misconception in this thread that the TC is
> supposed to represent (or talk about representing) more than just the
> technical contributors that produce OpenStack.
> When the OpenStack Foundation was set up, three bodies of governance
> were established:
> - the Board of Directors (representing the community as a whole)
> - the Technical Committee (representing technical contributors)
> - the User Committee (representing users and ops of OpenStack)
> The Technical Committee mandate is therefore not to represent the users
> and Ops of OpenStack in that setup, it's the role of the User committee.
> If we did include Ops, we would be clearly overstepping our mandate.
Thierry, essentially I agree with you. I do think though that the 
disconnect between Dev & Ops is an unhealthy situation. Two separate 
bodies working in two different ways with two different agendas is 
actually very much against the current way that most development 
organizations are aspire towards.

The TC charter [1] states.

" The Technical Committee (“TC”) is tasked with providing the technical 
leadership for OpenStack as a whole (all official projects, as defined 

It enforces OpenStack ideals (Openness, Transparency, Commonality, 
Integration, Quality...), decides on issues affecting multiple projects, 
forms an ultimate appeals board for technical decisions, and generally 
has technical oversight over all of OpenStack."

IMHO, the spirit of the original question that was raised was - how can 
"all of OpenStack" only be those who write the code, and not those that 
use and operate it on a day to day basis?
> Rather than asking that Ops should be able to elect the TC, you should
> probably start discussing how to improve on the User committee election
> process and visibility.
It would be great to understand how exactly this was done, what their 
charter is and how much influence they have on technical decisions 
within the larger OpenStack as a whole  [2]
[1] http://governance.openstack.org/reference/charter.html
[2] https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Governance/Foundation/UserCommittee
Best Regards,
Maish Saidel-Keesing
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