[Foundation] Reset: Back to business

Mike Lin mikelin at MIT.EDU
Tue Mar 12 15:02:08 CST 2002

As we are working to establish a credible institution, I think it is
critical in this time when the nature of the Foundation is in question
that we work within our existing bylaws. So far as I can see, there is
no provision for a "do-over" in our bylaws.

If our issue is with inactive members, then our bylaws have a 3-vote
timeout provision. Let us simply allow that timeout to expire. If and
when we establish better criteria for the requirements of members, these
criteria should not be applied ex post facto. So, let us work to amend
the bylaws with our new requirements; to my knowledge, such an amendment
requires a simple majority of members voting, with a quorum of 1/3 of
the general membership. I expect that we should be able to secure this
many votes for a reasonable proposal.

As for the Council, obviously I might be thought to have something of a
conflict of interest, but I would submit that the next regular Council
election is only a few months away. Hopefully, we will resolve this
dispute in that time, and the elections can be carried out in light of

I would also respectfully request that Michael Bauer agree to
indefinitely table his proposal for the expulsion of members. 


On Tue, 2002-03-12 at 15:29, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> My initial reaction, spurred by a comment in the jdev chatroom, is:
>    DO-OVER!!!
> Maybe we need to clean the slate and elect all new members and council.
> After we clearly define their responsibilities, that is.
> Peter
> --
> Peter Saint-Andre
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> On Tue, 12 Mar 2002, Iain Shigeoka wrote:
> > On 3/12/02 10:44 AM, "Peter Saint-Andre" <stpeter at jabber.org> wrote:
> > 
> > > Those are intriguing suggestions. A lot to ponder there, so I'm
> > > pondering....
> > 
> > :)  First impressions and knee jerk reactions would be good too!  This was
> > basically an impromptu spew to try and route discussion back to what _I_
> > consider important.  It may not even be important to most people...
> > 
> > 
> > -iain
> > 
> > 
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