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[steering-discuss] Bootstrap BoD campaign (was: Joining the OASIS Consortium)


On Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 1:58 AM, Florian Effenberger
<floeff@documentfoundation.org> wrote:
Hi,

this is indeed a good point... what do the others think? We can give our +1
as recommendation to the new BoD, but I guess it will indeed be hard to bind
them on decisions they have not taken.

Talking about BoD,

Maybe the SC could bootstrap the BoD campaign, by calling for
candidate, so that the day the Foundation papers are finally
completed, we could have an election and be fully operational ?
I means, it is expected that potential candidates be given enough time
to trow their hat in, and some time to communicate to the membership
what they stand for and what they aim to achieve, iow
'campaigning'.... there is no reason not to start that in advance of
the actual filing of the paperwork of the foundation.

Maybe wait for the next MC meeting and freeze the eligible membership
pool at that point(1). (the bylaws call for a 45 days notice minimum,
and we must have the election done before Sep 28th (the one year
anniversary of the 'public' launch)).

Norbert

(1) The freeze is not explicitly stated for general elections in the
bylaws, but the rationale for that freeze is latent in the Impeachment
section. This is needed, I think, to avoid even the appearance of
conflict of interest between a role in the MC and being a candidate
for a BoD position. Note the freeze is with regard to the member
eligible to vote, but does not need to apply to eligibility to be a
candidate (iow a member should be able to be candidate even if is not
eligible to vote as long as he is a member by the time he propose his
candidacy and that that candidacy is proposed in a timely manner.
Deadline are not specified in the bylaws (which is fine bylaws don't
have to be that detailed). I would suggest a 2 weeks period for people
to declare themselves candidate, followed by a 3 weeks period of
'campaigning' and a 2 weeks period of 'voting' (that is 49 days,
consistent with the mandated 45 days notice). I would also suggest
that deadline be based on Wednesday 00:00 UTC
And while I am on a roll, may I suggest that a election@ ML be setup
so that the campaign related stuff be accessible easily and only if
one is interested.

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