[Foundation-l] communications committee

Daniel Mayer maveric149 at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 5 04:26:00 UTC 2006

Those are not good enough reasons to balkanize this. As I previously stated, the communications
committee needs to have input from other parts of the organization, not to mention keeping
everybody on the organizational level informed of what is going on press/PR wise. If this is done
for every committee, then that will not encourage the type of communication and cross
fertilization we need to function.  

In short, balkanization is a horrible idea and will only tend to fragment the foundation by
encouraging people to over-specialize and not consider what the other parts of the organization
are doing. Let's also not confuse committee members from volunteers; each committee should have a
limited number of vetted members who would have access to the Internal list and wiki, but could
have a virtually unlimited number of volunteers who would only have access to the public lists and

That is the type of balance we should have. 

-- mav

--- Angela <beesley at gmail.com> wrote:

> Although the communications committee will primarily use meta and the
> foundation wiki for its activities, there are three areas that need to
> remain confidential:
> 1) copies of old press reports since these would be copyright
> violations if you just put them on a public wiki (linking isn't an
> option for sites that don't keep open and/or permanent archives of
> their news nor for press that only appeared in hard copy)
> 2) personal contact details on the press distribution lists
> 3) press releases that we really can't release ahead of time (like
> partnerships and other deals)
> Unless we want to open up the internal wiki to every committee member
> (potentially hundreds of people when you consider every sub-committee
> that will be formed), having separate wikis for the few committees
> that need it seems the only sensible solution. I had not assumed that
> anyone who became a committee member would automatically get access to
> the internal wiki. Remember that only the initial committee members
> are approved by the Board. Any future additions (and the press
> committee for one intends to expand a lot over the coming weeks) will
> presumably not be going through board votes.
> Angela.
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