[Members] Members abstaining from membership votes

Alexey Melnikov alexey.melnikov at isode.com
Fri May 31 10:14:41 UTC 2013

On 30/05/2013 10:43, Kevin Smith wrote:
> Hi all,
Hi Kev,
>    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.
This might be a good idea, but you didn't say what you would like to do 
with abstain votes?

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