[Foundation] 2002 Election Schedule

Ryan Eatmon reatmon at jabber.org
Wed Apr 3 20:21:26 CST 2002

My fellow JSF Members,

  It is time to elect the Jabber Council members for 2002-2003.  The
elections are going to be held starting on June 15th.  While this is two
months away, we want to make sure we start early enough to give the
candidates enough time to prepare, and for you to get to know the
candidates and find out more about them.  Find out where they stand on
issues and where they've been working in the Jabber Community.

  We are going to be doing things a little differently this year.  We
want to model this after the Debian DPL elections.  Instead of just
having a mad rush to be on the Council, we want to make sure that the
people you want on the Council, get on.

  We are going to start off by allowing you to nominate fellow members
(excluding yourself) to get a feel for who you want to be on there. 
>From that list we will pick the top 14 names, of the willing nominees,
and that will become the Candidate list for this election.

  The Candidates will then have the chance to publish their platforms,
and give you a chance to get to know them better.  Following that we
will host a debate where more in-depth questions from the membership
will be posed to each candidate and each will be given a chance to
respond.  Following the debate, we will have a two week window for you
to reflect and ask the candidates any other questions you might have,
and the elections will start on June 15th.

Here is the timeline and description of each step:

April 8-26: Nomination Period
  - Members may nominate any of the members they choose
    to *EXCEPT* for themselves.
  - Each member can nominate 3 other members for the Council.
  - Members may make it known that they are interested in being
    nominated, or they do not wish to be nominated.
  - The top 14 willing nominees will be notified that they are

May 6-10: Candidate Platform Preparation
  - Candidates will be given a week to prepare their platform.
  - The platform is a background about yourself, your positions
    on issues, what you want to accomplish by being a Council
    member, etc...

May 13-24: Member Research
  - Members should read over the platforms and think of more in
    depth questions they would like to have answered.
  - All questions go to the debate coordinator to be announced
    by May 10.

May 29: Debate
  - The debate coordinator will pick the best questions, and 
    host the debate.

June 15-21: Voting for new Council
  - Each member can cast their votes for the people they want
    on the Council.  Top nine scores win.

Note: All dates are in American Central Time.

That's it.  We are looking forward to this election.  Let's all work to
make it a good one.

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