Metakgp:Governance

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After a year of running Metakgp we came to consensus that we need to add some structure to Metakgp to keep it going (see Tyranny of Structurelessness). The structure we came up with is that there will be three maintainers of Metakgp, who will coordinate the community and projects and take administrative decisions if required. The initial three maintainers have a term of one year, eight months, and four months. After the first election the term for each maintainer is one year, with term of one maintainer expiring every four month and hence election being conducted every four month to fill that post. This ensures that the whole team of maintainers don't changed in one election.

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The first elections were supposed to be conducted in May 2016 but only two candidates came up Vivek Rai and Harsh Gupta and the role of a maintainer was never formally given to anyone. The election which was supposed to happen in October 2016 never happened. In March 2017 election the community elected its first three maintainers, Naresh R, Nishant Nikhil and Ayush Goyal having a term for whole year, 8 months and 4 months respectively.

Current maintainers[edit source]

Role of maintainers[edit source]

  • Lead the community towards growth
  • Coordinate between Metakgp projects
  • Increase content on the wiki
  • Take administrative decisions if required
  • Increase public participation
  • Collaborate with other communities which share goals with Metakgp i.e. act as a liaison
  • Maintain GitHub organization repository and their access to collaborators/other developers

Other roles[edit source]

  • Regular posts on social media and promotion of content and projects
  • Invite people to join Metakgp

Who can vote[edit source]

  • Anyone who has contributed to the wiki
  • Anyone who has donated to the wiki
  • Anyone who has contributed to any of the Metakgp project

The voters list will be compiled by the election coordinator and will be publicly announced few days before the election.

Who can contest[edit source]

  • Any person who is a student of IIT KGP for their entire term as maintainer is eligible. This includes first years, PG students or people who have not contributed to the wiki.

The nominees need to send their names, introduction and statement of purpose to the election coordinator before the deadline.

Guideline for the Statement of Purpose (SOP)[edit source]

One of the SOP format you can use is:

  • About me (Give introduction, what year, what department, briefly what have you done at Metakgp and outside, description of any leadership role you might have taken (not a requirement)).
  • Details of Contributions to Metakgp
  • Wiki edits
  • Code contributions
  • Other contributions
  • Vision for Metakgp
  • What is Metakgp according to you
  • Maybe things which are right/wrong in the present scheme of things
  • What do you want it to be
  • Plans and proposals as a maintainer

See User:Amrav/Minimum Viable Maintainer, User:Amrav/SCAMP and User:Icyflame/Unsolicited advice to future maintainers for advice on writing maintainer proposals.

Election Coordinator (EC)[edit source]

  • Prepare voters list in accordance with rules of eligible voters
  • Ensure that a working electoral platform is used and understood by voters
  • Prepare election timeline agreed upon by the community and incumbent maintainers, though final dates are to be decided by EC only
  • Adhere to timeline of elections
  • Conduct a fair election

EC for the ongoing March 2017 election is Harsh Gupta.

Voting Software[edit source]

The current choice of voting software is Condorcet Internet Voting Service (http://civs.cs.cornell.edu/), it is a web hosted implementation of a ranked voting system and can be used to determine multiple winners. Conservancy Voting Software Repository mentions other voting softwares but they don’t appear to be suitable for the following reasons:


Who has access to what?[edit source]

People with admin access to the wiki[edit source]

People with admin access to the Facebook account[edit source]

  • Athitya Kumar
  • Ayush Goyal
  • Harsh Gupta
  • Himanshu Mishra
  • Naresh R
  • Nevin Valsaraj
  • Nishant Nikhil
  • Siddhart Kannan
  • Vivek Aithal
  • Vivek Rai
  • Vikrant Varma

People with sudo access to the server[edit source]

  • Athitya Kumar
  • Avijit Ghosh
  • Ayush Goyal
  • Harsh Gupta
  • Kumar Krishna
  • Nishant Nikhil
  • Siddharth Kannan
  • Vivek Rai
  • Vikrant Varma

See http://askubuntu.com/a/611607/421703

Have an idea and need sudo access to make it happen? Contact Ayush Goyal (@defcon on Slack).

Owner of various google groups[edit source]

Owner of github organization[edit source]

  • Ayush Goyal
  • Harsh Gupta
  • Naresh R
  • Nishant Nikhil
  • Vikrant Varma
  • Vivek Aithal
  • Vivek Rai