[Foundation] election process update

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Wed Jul 31 11:56:01 CDT 2002

This is a brief update about the upcoming elections for the Council and
the Board. First I'd like to thank all the Council candidates, who have
taken time out of their busy schedules to write position papers and answer
questions on this list. The same goes for the Board candidates who have
started coming out of the closet. :)

Here is how things stand right now...


Keep those debate questions coming. I will send out the 6 questions
tomorrow (2002-08-01). Per Ryan's last email
candidates will have 24 hours to reply but we'll cut some slack for people
like DJ who are travelling and such. Answers to the questions would be
appreciated by midnight Central time on Friday 2002-08-02.


I would appreciate it if Board candidates would write their position
papers before Monday, 2002-08-05. This is mainly a convenience for me
because I'll be on vacation 08-05 through 08-12. Feel free to send your
paper (or a URL) to me, to Ryan Eatmon in my absence, or to this list.
Please address the priorities you would like to address on the Board, such
as those I discussed in my recent email
(http://mailman.jabber.org/pipermail/members/2002-July/001185.html). If
you know someone who would like to be a Board candidate but who is not a
JSF member, I can add give that person the ability to post to this list so
that he or she can answer questions from the members.


The voting process will begin on Wednesday 2002-08-14 and end on Wednesday
2002-08-21. As usual, the voting will be handled by memberbot, our trusty
Jabber voting bot (located at memberbot at jabber.org). We will be voting on
both Council candidates and Board candidates at this time. Once again, if
memberbot is not in your roster or you have had trouble communicating with
this bot, contact me and I will address the problem. (If you are not in
memberbot's roster, you will not be able to vote -- and if you miss three
votes in a row, you will be considered to have resigned your membership in
the JSF ... consider yourself warned.) From 2002-08-14 until the annual
meeting on 2002-08-21, we will hold early voting via memberbot. Just
before the annual meeting I will turn off memberbot and you will be able
to vote within the meeting itself if you so desire (after I have verified
your identity). At the end of the annual meeting, the voting process will
end and the votes will be tabulated by the Executive Director of the JSF
(that's me) and independently validated by another member who is not up
for election. If you would like to volunteer for this, please let me know.


We will hold our official annual meeting on Wednesday 2002-08-21 (note:  
this is a change from the previously-announced date of 2002-08-20, since
we normally hold our meetings on Wednesday so a Tuesday meeting would be
confusing). Feel free to send me agenda items for this meeting. As usual
we'll hold this meeting via Jabber in the foundation at conference.jabber.org
conference room and the meeting will be logged by ChatBot. I would propose
that we allow at least 2 hours for this meeting so that we can address any
issues of concern. I also propose that we hold the meeting from 16:00 to
18:00 UTC. If necessary we can extend the meeting. Note that according to
the bylaws (section 3.12), matters submitted for vote may be proposed by
not less than 5% of the members (http://www.jabber.org/bylaws.html). So if
you have concerns or things you'd like changed, this is your chance.

I think that's it for now. Feel free to post to this list if you have
questions. I will also post a news item on www.jabber.org so that this
information is more easily available.


Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation

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