[Members] minutes of XSF Annual Meeting, 2009-10-06

Kurt Zeilenga Kurt.Zeilenga at Isode.com
Wed Oct 7 02:53:19 CDT 2009

To address this tie and future ties, I suggest flipping a (virtual)  
coin.  In particular, the IETF have a publicly verifiable random  
selection procedure defined in RFC 3757.

In this particular instance, the board could just implement this  
selection to break the tie post election and the board install the  
winner.  In the future, we could define seeds and ordering for  
selection pre-vote such that upon a tie, the tie can be broken without  
any subsequent board/member action.

-- Kurt

On Oct 7, 2009, at 12:54 AM, Will Sheward wrote:

> Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
>> This message comprises minutes of the Annual Meeting of the XSF, just
>> completed. As those of you who were there know, it was very  
>> interesting!
>> A full transcript is here:
>> http://logs.jabber.org/foundation@conference.jabber.org/2009-10-06.html
> Goodness, what an interesting read that was!
>> After much discussion, the XSF members present voted on whether to
>> (perhaps temporarily) specify the number of Board members at 3 and
>> therefore to accept the top 3 Board candidates as the Board. 11  
>> members
>> voted in favor, 2 abstained, and none voted against (out of a  
>> quorum at
>> that time of ~19 members).
>> Therefore the XSF membership has chosen to seat Jack Moffitt, Will
>> Sheward, and Florian Jensen as the Ninth Board of Directors of the  
>> XSF.
> Well, firstly, thank you.
> Secondly, it looks like we have some work to do on the bye-laws to  
> ensure that should this sort of situation arise again in Board or  
> Council elections, the path is clear. Or to change the voting method  
> so that this situation cannot arise again.
> Thirdly, I think 5 is a good number and seems to be the number the  
> membership settled on. From scanning the chat log and having a quick  
> think, a number of options are available:
> 1. The Board decides who, from the final 2, fills the fifth slot.
> 2. There's another membership vote (involving the final 2 or  
> everyone?)
> 3. Someone withdraws (is that allowed?)
> 4. Fritzy suggested a fight in the meeting, not sure this would work  
> in practice but an interesting idea, with pay-per-view as a  
> fundraising option :-)
> I'm sure there are more.
> It would be cool to get this sorted quickly and uncool for it to  
> drag on too long. Comments/Suggestions?
> Will.

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