I just posted this to the 'themes.org'
I am generally dismayed by comments like this: "The
powers that be,
whose interests are completely separate from those of the
that themes.org serves, have decided..."
I was in NY for linuxworld & met a bunch of the
OSDN core people and general volunteers & what they had to
just as forboding. Even some of the current
nothing positive to say. (The SF guys were
I have since begun, and this was a seed idea previously,
with many good, high-quality, yet lesser known sites that
OSDN's shadow to form a strong organization by
of by ownership.... from the 'working
*Create greater visibility for the entire organization
member sites. (Get out from under the shadow)
*Create greater visibilty for member sites within the
*Work together to share our individual gifts, talents, and
resources. (work together without owning J00!)
*It is recognized that each member's primary
responsibility is to
their contributing resource (website, company, or
service). No member
is expected or required to adversely affect their resource
advancing the network. (Do your own thing without
*The network will recognize all members as equal.
Regardless of size,
resources, status or seniority.
*We will work by a social structure of respect. The
members with the
greatest respect will act as benevolent dictators. But,
equals one vote on all 'official' matters.
*We will work openly on all matters and keep a public
*We are an association by consent.
*We will be an inclusive organization. That is to say that
happily agree to disagree for the purpose of working
together on our
This sounds a little high minded, but it should playout
Sites work together instead of alone. They share
whatever they can offer. And, do not give up
These sites can have differing opinions from each other on
cheese off other members because they aren't ultimately
tied to each
other, but the differing views and opinions are
very healthy to
For the record, sites so far are generally waiting for a
big player to
join before becoming official members. I get the
impression some are
still waiting for that sugar daddy that isn't
coming. It's not
1998 anymore guys. Back to basics!