First of all, being part of GNOME Foundation Membership and Elections Committee is a work that no much people wants to do. The biggest cause of this is that our work is sometimes not observed and recognized.
As part of Membership Committee since 2008, I was always confuse with our “renew” process. Always wondered why it was that way, but I would not change by myself (there was a time I was alone in the committee, because no one wanted to help).
I have some thoughts about this:
1. Excluding people who have contributed in the past is something rude, really. It’s do not give value the contributions made by that person. The contribution made by that person helped GNOME to get where we are today.
2. Renew application every two years is so much boring.
Thinking this way, the best thing to do is abolish the renew process. But we must be careful about who can vote and determine the direction of the project. That’s my opinion, but we have ~350 members. We need to take the decision together.
I agree that our policy is not ideal, but the rules and timeline (considering that we are using our “not ideal” policy”) was clear for everyone since the elections announce. What *WE ALL* need is to worry a little bit more with our bureaucratic things.