[Foundation] 2002 Election Schedule

Ryan Eatmon reatmon at jabber.org
Thu Apr 4 18:58:20 CST 2002

Geesh... There's one in every crowd. =)  Just kidding...

I asked before I presented the June 15th date, and everyone agreed that
since we had the elections last year on June 15th, that was the date for
this year's elections.  My bad.  I'm cool with shifting the date two
months.  I'll send out a new schedule with the new dates later tonight.

As for the nominations part...  To my knowledge, there is nothing in the
by-laws that state anything about nominees, or who is on the ballot. 
Just that we vote at the Annual Meeting.  I agree that anyone can, and
should, petition to become a member, much like anyone can petition to
become a citizen.  But I don't think that just anyone can put themselves
on the ballot for the Senate, or Parliament.

What we want to cut down on is everyone saying that they want to be on
the Council and having to sift through 50+ names just to pick 9 people. 
Consider this like the primaries.  You can say that you want to be a
candidate, but if no one else thinks you should be, or they think other
rank above you, then you don't get past the primaries.  All that means
is that you need to increase your visibility in the Community so that
people think of you as a leader, and not just someone who thought it
would be cool to be on the Council.

Just my $0.02.  Again, I'll post an updated schedule with the new dates
later tonight.

Michael Bauer wrote:
> This does sound great, Ryan, but there is one technicality.  The vote for
> the Council is supposed to occur during the annual meeting of the
> Foundation, which would be in August to coincide with the start of the
> Foundation.
> Another point, one that's less clear, is again with respect to
> nominations.  Anyone can petition to become a Member of the Foundation and
> this openness might apply to Council Members as well.  The notion of
> publishing a platform coincides nicely with application for membership in
> general and the debate is a nice touch that doesn't seem to conflict with
> any of the by-laws.
> I don't want to seem like Miss Parliamentarian and am not one to let rules
> get in the way of progress but still, the Foundation is a legal
> corporation and not just a club.  I think if you don't do things in the
> defined way then you could open things up to a disgruntled nominee who
> could technically challeng the legality of an election.
> On Wed, 3 Apr 2002, Ryan Eatmon wrote:
> > 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
> >     candidates.
> >
> > 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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