Non-council members


Will there be members of the Foundation that are not council members?

The proposal document is somewhat confusing on the usage of “voting members” that phrase appears to be interchangeable with just “members” which is defined as 9 individuals.

If this Foundation is entirely limited to 9 individuals and the board of directors (whoever they may be) it seems to really fly in the face of its purpose. How is this any different than today? The people that are most likely to be on the advisory council are very likely already the same people that Microsoft has put forth to publicly steward .NET and the non-Microsoft members would likely be the same people that Microsoft listens to the most.

How is this an advancement of the community and not the same top down structure that has always existed?

There really needs to be more voters than 9 individuals. Clearly a leadership structure is necessary but there has to be true engagement of members outside of the council. Without additional members what accountability is there? This would be the same as if a publically traded corporation’s stock carried no voting rights, the board has to answer to the shareholders. Us as the share holders have a much smaller stake individually but us as a whole have a larger stake than 9 individuals.


The Advisory Council’s role and function are distinct from the governing Board of Directors. The Advisory Council’s role is to “advise” and the Board of Directors role is to “decide”. With that in mind, it will be the Advisory Council’s responsibility to engage with the community and make recommendations to the Board. You should view the Advisory Council as a conduit for the community.

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