Opening a dedicated thread for this here with a rather self-explanatory title… but to kickstart a discussion, I will express my overall wish to the board and staff with slightly more details:
I would like to see a strategy document including some clear projections and scenarios, as well as plans regarding ways to scale up the Foundation’s revenue differently (if any) and how those plans are reachable in practice. Maybe this document already exists, or maybe it needs to be created very soon (because time is of the essence—it seems you have a rather short runway), but I don’t think you can operate without one.
I am not aware of GNOME having had a business strategy document before. I couldn’t find one in the wiki (there was an archived desktop-marketshare-oriented brainstorming page written majoritarily by one person in a single day in 2006, but that’s doesn’t really fit the bill now). I tried looking in the forums too, but the only somewhat related topic I could find was a thread in october (where @mollydb pointed out there was a fall-specific fundraiser going on but that general fundraising strategy would have to wait, unfortunately). I was hoping to find such a document (or a draft of it) as a result of the last few years of transitional work.
@nmcgovern & co., had you made progress on that front previously but not shared it? Is this something the board has access to that I simply couldn’t see from the exterior? Or did I miss something hiding in plain sight? Anything you have would be interesting to look at!
P.s.: Can we please set this thread to not auto-lock itself like other threads in this Discourse instance? Personally, I really dislike that policy/setting; even with 14 days being considered more generous than the previous crazy 5-days auto-lock policy, I believe it still stifles discussion and async collaboration. I believe locking should be a last-resort manual action when it has gone totally off the rails, otherwise just let it sink to the bottom of the topics pile naturally; Discourse already warns users when they’re about to necropost, which should be plenty enough as a deterrent. If the person sees the warning yet decides it’s important enough to bump a thread, then I don’t see why they shouldn’t be allowed to, rather than creating another duplicate and fragmenting things; expecting people to ask mods to unlock before posting still feels like added friction that harms spontaneity.