[Foundation] 2002 Election Schedule

Michael Bauer bauer at michaelbauer.com
Thu Apr 4 18:42:34 CST 2002


It's hard to be both a jerk and a pain-in-the-ass but I try.  :)

Seriously, I'm just trying to insure legitimacy.  To me, it's enough to 
keep things in the "spirit" of a formal organization rather than keeping 
to the "letter" of the by-laws.  That's why I'd like to just make sure 
that we do hold an annual meeting and that the Board and Council are voted 
in at that time.  Voting new Board members is technically more important 
since they are the ultimate authority for the Foundation.  But that's a 
whole new can of worms.  Consider it open.  :)

Personally, I don't care about having nominations for the Council or not.  
I appreciate the logic for this.  I have just presented historical reasons 
for why nominations weren't included (politics and overhead).  If everyone 
thinks that's a good idea, then great.

But, I think we have to confirm that this is what everyone thinks.  So, if 
we're going to change the formal requirements for Council the I think we 
have to have a formal vote to change the by-laws.  Also, if we want to 
change the wording about "on-line" voting to support the global nature of 
our membership, then I think that we'd have to have a vote on that too.  I 
recall that there may have been some issue about our not being able to do 
something like that because of some of the laws of the State of Delaware 
governing annual meetings but am not sure.

I know this is all kind of a hassle and we could just sort of punt on the 
details.  Having a professional organization provides a lot of benefits 
but comes with some responsibilities.  Discharging those responsibilities 
in a professional manner would increase the stature of the organization in 
dealing with more significant issues, like the trademark.

On Thu, 4 Apr 2002, Ryan Eatmon wrote:

> 
> 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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