[Wg-uma] URGENT Re: Call for votes: approval of August meeting minutes

Eve Maler eve at xmlgrrl.com
Thu Sep 3 11:24:33 PDT 2009

We have a way of doing approximately that, by my making some people  
non-voting if they haven't attended two consecutive meetings.  In this  
case, since I started the ballot with all participants having voting  
status, I made the problem harder!  But now I'm better informed about  
the rules, and in future will be aggressive about doing the non-voting  
trick.  So, my apologies for having done things non-optimally.

For what it's worth, the current tally of YES's on the four ballots is  
10 (or more):



On 3 Sep 2009, at 11:02 AM, Christian Scholz wrote:

> As only the people attending a call can really make a proper  
> decision why can't we simply limit the group of people allowed to  
> vote for this particular vote to these who have been on the call?
> -- Christian
> Am 03.09.2009 um 19:45 schrieb Eve Maler:
>> In today's call, we discussed a technicality regarding a specific  
>> issue with electronic ballots on minutes approval.  If you weren't  
>> at the meeting, how can you vote on whether the minutes accurately  
>> reflect what got done?  This is a fair question!
>> I have confirmed that our tentative interpretation discussed in the  
>> meeting is CORRECT according to Section 6.2 of the Operating  
>> Procedures:
>> http://kantarainitiative.org/confluence/download/attachments/2293776/Kantara+Initiative+Operating+Procedures+_V1.0_+2009-04-03.pdf?version=1
>> Namely, if you return a ballot indicating that you ABSTAIN on that  
>> ballot, it counts towards the minimum response level necessary to  
>> consider the ballot valid.
>> Now, since the meetings corresponding to the minutes we are trying  
>> to approve did not reach quorum, if everyone who didn't attend  
>> those meetings votes ABSTAIN, we still won't get them accepted, and  
>> I may have to redo the ballot later after I change some people's  
>> status to non-voting.
>> It's entirely up to you, but if you weren't present at the meetings  
>> in question, but do feel comfortable accepting them as the true  
>> record of the group's discussion, you can still vote YES -- as some  
>> people have chosen to do already.  I will report on the results and  
>> next steps, whatever they are, after the ballot closes tonight.
>> Thanks for your attention!
>> 	Eve
>> 	(still trying, but failing, to remove bureaucracy from our group's  
>> work :-)
>> On 1 Sep 2009, at 1:29 PM, Eve Maler wrote:
>>> A reminder: Please review the minutes, and please vote.
>>> Note that in Kantara, the chair has discretion to manage quorum  
>>> requirements in the following way:
>>> http://kantarainitiative.org/confluence/download/attachments/2293776/Kantara+Initiative+Operating+Procedures+_V1.0_+2009-04-03.pdf?version=1
>>> From Section 3.7:
>>> "All Participants present at a WG meeting are voting members of  
>>> the WG.	For the purpose of maintaining a reasonable ability to  
>>> achieve Quorum, any Participant in a WG who fails to attend two  
>>> consecutive meetings of the WG may, at the discretion of the  
>>> Chair, be re-classified as a non-voting member. Voting member  
>>> status may be reacquired by attending a meeting of the WG. In the  
>>> case of an electronic vote of the WG, if the electronic vote  
>>> occurs while a Participant is in non-voting status, the  
>>> Participant may not vote in that electronic vote."
>>> I may have to resort to this after this ballot closes, if the  
>>> response has been very low.  If you want to retain list posting  
>>> rights (that is, exercise your right to contribute IP according to  
>>> the group participation agreement you filled out) but have no  
>>> intention of attending any meetings or voting in electronic  
>>> ballots, feel free to let me know offline that you're a serial non- 
>>> voter. :-)
>>> 	Eve
>>> On 27 Aug 2009, at 4:44 PM, Eve Maler wrote:
>>>> This email contains four ballots for your consideration, all  
>>>> dealing with approving the minutes of our first month's worth of  
>>>> meetings.  Since we have a large number of group participants but  
>>>> not everyone can make it to all of the telecons, I urge everyone  
>>>> who is on our roster:
>>>> http://kantarainitiative.org/confluence/display/uma/Participant+Roster
>>>> ...to take this opportunity to review the minutes and ensure they  
>>>> are in order.  (Note: Anyone who joins the group after this mail  
>>>> hits the archives can't vote on these ballots.)
>>>> Each ballot requires a simple majority (15 of 28) to pass.   
>>>> Please reply, to the list or to me directly, with your votes; if  
>>>> you vote NO in any case, please supply a rationale to facilitate  
>>>> resolution.  The deadline is Thursday, 3 Sep 2009, 23:59 UTC  
>>>> (4:59pm U.S. Pacific time):
>>>> http://timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=9&day=3&year=2009&hour=23&min=59&sec=0
>>>> 1. Do you approve the minutes of UMA telecon 2009-08-06?
>>>> http://kantarainitiative.org/confluence/display/uma/UMA+telecon+2009-08-06
>>>> YES or NO?
>>>> 2. Do you approve the minutes of UMA telecon 2009-08-13?
>>>> http://kantarainitiative.org/confluence/display/uma/UMA+telecon+2009-08-13
>>>> YES or NO?
>>>> 3. Do you approve the minutes of UMA telecon 2009-08-20?
>>>> http://kantarainitiative.org/confluence/display/uma/UMA+telecon+2009-08-20+%28quorate%29
>>>> YES or NO?
>>>> 4. Do you approve the minutes of UMA telecon 2009-08-27?
>>>> http://kantarainitiative.org/confluence/display/uma/UMA+telecon+2009-08-27+%28focus%29
>>>> YES or NO?
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> 	Eve
>> Eve Maler
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