[Members] Members abstaining from membership votes

Kevin Smith kevin at kismith.co.uk
Thu May 30 09:43:44 UTC 2013

Hi all,
  I was chatting to someone recently who raised an issue with
membership votes that they have, and which I hadn't previously
considered. When I'm voting on membership applications I use a rule
something like "Have I seen this person contributing to XMPP in some
non-trivial way", and if I don't recognise the name I can go back
through my mail archives and check what they've been doing, etc.

For a member who is still involved and doing stuff with XMPP, and even
with some of the standards, but who doesn't necessarily read all the
mail for all the mailing lists, how can they judge if they would like
them to be a member?

The suggested change is to allow them to abstain on individual
membership applications (currently it is yes/no, and you are required
to vote one way or the other as part of your membership duties) such
that the "I have to vote yes because I have no idea who this person is
and so can't block them just because I don't work in the same area"
problem goes away.

Please discuss.


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