[Members] Members abstaining from membership votes

Kevin Smith kevin at kismith.co.uk
Fri May 31 10:27:26 UTC 2013

On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 11:14 AM, Alexey Melnikov
<alexey.melnikov at isode.com> wrote:
> 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?

Presumably count them neither as for or against. Although the more I
think about, the less I'm convinced that without changing the
associated rules that an abstain would be any different than voting


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