Free Spirits Committee
The Free Spirits Committee (or FSC) is the group responsible for providing and managing a host for all resources under the Free Spirits umbrella. FSC members determine the overarching policies by which resources must abide. These policies are designed to help ensure the security, legality and usefulness of Free Spirits resources. FSC members are generally drawn from contributors to, and administrators of, Free Spirits resources. There is no limit to the number of members who may be on the committee at any time. The Free Spirits Committee has now been replaced by the Free Spirits Council.
The FSC arose out of the BoyChat Steering Committee founded by Jimf3 and the name "Free Spirits Committee" was in use by late 1997. In its early years, the FSC struggled to bring into operation its own web server to give Free Spirits more independence from commercial ISP's and the webmaster of BoyChat was automatically the chairman of the committee.
As Free Spirits took on more projects, many of them hosted under FPC, it eventually became clear that one committee could no longer oversee all its projects and still concentrate on maintaining the most important objective, which was connectivity for those projects.
By December of 1999, the FSC began to invest in quasi-independent groups and individuals to maintain and set policy for each resource it hosts. After its emergence from the Great Outage in 2001, the FSC has maintained a policy that allows each resource to govern itself based on a set of rules they must abide by.
The primary activities of the FSC today include registering domains, ensuring continued hosting of FS sites, determining general site policy, communicating with outside bodies, providing technical support for the various resources as well as the operation and maintenance of Free Spirits servers.
The Free Spirits Committee was replaced by the Free Spirits Council (FSCo) in September of 2013
Members as of 2007
Membership of the FSC is subject to change. Current members as of 20 January 2007 are:
- The Free Spirits Committee Page (https link) provides the list as of 2007 only of all resource administrators, including the FSC.