[Foundation] proposed agenda item: remote communications for meetings

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Wed Aug 21 18:04:33 CDT 2002

On Wed, 21 Aug 2002, David Waite wrote:

> I see two potential problems with this:
> 1) same as with voting, I don't see a reason to restrict this to just 
> text conferencing - any remote communication method which can verify the 
> identity of the participant could be acceptable.

At this point, all we care about is text conferencing. My imagination is
not active enough to think of other remote communication methods we would
want to use at this time, and really all we want now is online text
conferencing via Jabber. If in the future we want other methods, we can
further amend the bylaws. I see no requirement that this be open-ended.

> 2) I would like to see something which indicates that the system must 
> also meet the requirement for concurrency - if the remote communication 
> mechanism breaks, the meeting should not continue any more than if a 
> fire alarm went off at a physical meeting location.

Aw, you don't expect text conferencing to ever break, do you? But if it 
does, that probably counts as immediate adjournment under Section 3.5,
whereby we can have a standing policy for the meeting (included as the 
first item in the agenda) that the meeting shall be adjourned for ten
minutes (then one hour, then 24 hours or whatever) if the remote 
communication mechanism fails during the meeting. So I don't see a 
strong need for this in the bylaws themselves. There's nothing about this
for physical meetings, after all....


Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation

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