[Members] Metaproposals 3 and 4 - Council Candidate Limitations and Appointment Appeals

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Thu Oct 8 03:57:02 CDT 2009

Since the Board has to propose changes to the Bylaws, I can only  
propose them to the Board. But I thought I'd do so here, so we could  
discuss them, and I've numbered them as 3 and 4 to avoid confusion  
with Jack's numbering.

3) Remove the limitation for Council candidates (and members) to be  

We have some highly active participants who are not members. There's  
also a fair number of people who'd make excellent Council members  
from the IETF, who might not even have heard of the XSF. (Which is in  
itself a problem, mind).

I believe the membership is able to make a decision on who is  
qualified for a position on the Council themselves. (Although given  
they voted me on, I can see arguments against).

4) Include an appeal process for Board appointments.

Certain decisions, including Board decisions such as Section 6.2  
appointment of officers, Section 4.7 appointment of directors, etc,  
can be currently carried out without recourse to the membership. I  
think this is fine, but appointments in particular could prove  
contentious, and allow for a Board to potentially become somewhat  
insular and self-serving. I hasten to add that I do not consider this  
to be the case with this Board, which is precisely why I thought we  
should get that in place.

I propose that these should be, post-facto, announced to the  
membership, and if any member objects, there is a period of X days  
(of, in practise, discussion on the mailing list) for them to collect  
Y further objections, which will therefore cause the decision to be  
remanded to the membership.

I considered proposing an appeal process for members meetings, but  
it's really not clear to me when such a process might end - unless Y  
is a majority, it'd be possible to effectively prevent any decisions  
being made. If we're only appealing Board decisions, Y can be smaller.

My suggestions would be 10 days, and 10%, primarily to match figures  
in Section 3.3 and 3.4.

It's possibly easiest to place this as a general clause in Section  
6.2 and Section 4.7.

Note that an appeal process for Council decisions belongs in XEP-0001.

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