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Re: [steering-discuss] Updated draft of the Community Bylaws


Hi, :-)

On Sat, Dec 4, 2010 at 02:08, drew <drew@baseanswers.com> wrote:
What there is not, that I can see, is a way for the general membership
to remove the board, or a particular member of the board, beyond the
annual elections.

Consider the following situation:

The ESC makes a decision regarding the code that the BOD disagrees with
and exercises their rights under the ByLaws to place the ESC under
administration. Telling the ESC to either conform to the board's wishes
or to disband and allow the BOD to appoint a new ESC.

The general membership is completely locked out of the process from my
reading of the current ByLaws. What if the general membership however
sides with the ESC on the particular issue.

There should be a way for the membership, which through their vote is
after all the source of authority exercised by the BOD, to step in and
remove the board.

Firstly - this would be IMO an extraordinary circumstance of course, and
whatever mechanism one would put in place _must_ present a rather high
hurdle in order to trigger application.

Without offering any specific details on mechanics for the moment, what
I'm thinking of is a way for the general membership to call for an early
election of the board in such an extraordinary situation.

i don't think I'd want a mechanism to go as far as discharging the
BoD, but maybe there could be a mechanism by which community members
could call for a ballot to be cast on a motion put forward by
concerned activists (kind of like organizing a petition)? This
mechanism would then provisionally block implementation of the
contentious decision until the vote has been held. The outcome of the
vote would be binding.

Is there a practical way to implement that?

David Nelson

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