[tc] [all] Please help verify the role of the TC

Zane Bitter zbitter at redhat.com
Thu Jan 17 21:25:14 UTC 2019

On 18/01/19 5:33 AM, Jeremy Stanley wrote:
> On 2019-01-17 20:41:49 +1300 (+1300), Zane Bitter wrote:
> [...]
>> I'm not sure we need to speculate, because as you know the TC and
>> PTLs literally were the same thing prior to 2014-ish.
> [...]
> Minor historical notes: the role now occupied by the TC was
> originally filled by a governance body known as the Project
> Oversight Committee which then later became the Project Policy Board
> (PPB). A description of our pre-foundation technical governance can
> still be found undisturbed and rotting in our wiki at the moment,
> should you be in the mood for a bit of light reading:
> https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Governance/OldModel
> The PPB was replaced by (but essentially renamed to) the Technical
> Committee in September 2012, as required in appendix 4 of the bylaws
> for the then-newly-formed OpenStack Foundation (note that the text
> there defining the initial TC election is slated for removal in the
> bylaws amendment currently up for a vote of the individual members):
> https://www.openstack.org/legal/technical-committee-member-policy/
> The very first two TC elections did still include PTLs who had
> guaranteed TC seats:
> https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Governance/TCElectionsFall2012
> https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/TC_Elections_Spring_2013
> But the subsequent election in late 2013 switched to the
> free-for-all model we've come to know today with the adoption of the
> new TC Charter:
> https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/TC_Elections_Spring_2013
> Now I'm wondering whether we should form an OpenStack Historical
> Preservation Society. ;)

Thanks for the history lesson! I started keeping up with TC business 
probably soon after that first election (Heat was applying for 
incubation, and was accepted in November 2012 - the same day as the US 
Presidential election IIRC), but I don't think I was aware (or at least 
I had completely forgotten) that that was the first election since the 
TC replaced the PPB.

- ZB

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