Peter Saint-Andre for Council 2008

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I've been involved with the Jabber community since late 1999 (first mailing list post: 1999-11-29). I've been the managing editor of our community standards process since the JSF (now XSF) was founded in 2001, the XSF's Executive Director since 2002, and Chair of the XMPP Council since 2004.


Since I'm not a great coder, my original contributions to the Jabber community were HOWTOs for software like jabberd 1.4 and Winjab back in 2000 and 2001. Since 2001 I've mostly focused on documenting existing protocols and defining new protocol extensions. As a result I edited the XMPP RFCs and have also written dozens of XMPP Extension Protocols (XEPs).

Moving Forward

Although XMPP is becoming increasingly popular, we have not necessarily made a lot of progress on protocol extensions. Jingle is not quite complete (but should be soon based on work at the 5th XMPP Summit), the revised XMPP RFCs are not done yet, etc. This is frustrating to me because I promised that we would finish that work in 2007 or 2008. In fact, my list of what I think are the current priorities (finish Jingle, publish revised RFCs, define end-to-end encryption, fix file transfer, move some of the stable XEPs from Draft to Final) is the same now as it was a year ago! So clearly the Council needs to be more focused in 2008-2009.

Why I'm Running Yet Again

No one else seems to want the thankless job of herding cats on the XMPP Council, so I'm offering to do so again. :)


As always, if you have questions or comments, ping me via email or Jabber at