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From: Richard Freeman <rich0@g.o>
Subject: Re: Meeting format
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 08:46:54 -0400
Denis Dupeyron wrote:
> I also propose that we go back to moderating the council channel
> during meetings, and that we give +v very carefully. 

I like some of the suggestions to have forum polls in place of scheduled
council meetings.  If you do want to have a scheduled meeting, why not aim
to have 10-15 minute meetings.  The channel would be moderated, the
moderator would present the next agenda item, and council members would
vote.  Council members could read items into the minutes if desired.  

When I've read council minutes in the past they seem like they tend to
ramble on.  Sometimes I see a minute pass between posts.  It seems like the
fact that the meetings are so long means that people end up having the
council on in the background while they do real life in the foreground. 
Maybe when they pull up to a traffic light they type in another line on
their smartphone or something.

Why not try to have most of the content/discussion happen on mailing lists,
or irc as needed.  The formal meeting time would be the time to formalize
the decisions that effectively have already been made.

After the conclusion of official business those who are able to could stick
around to chat/discuss more items, and moderation could be opened up at
some point.  However, council members who have pressing matters would be
free to leave at the conclusion of official business.

I do like the idea of having a place where council members can "hang out"
and be available to devs for discussion.  Certainly this doen't need to be
an on-duty assignment - just a place where people can go and be likely to
find council members.  That could be email/irc/forums or whatever.

I'm also in favor of getting rid of slacker marks (by all means publish
attendence records - but don't take automatic action).  The whole re-elect
the council after two months because the meeting times weren't clear thing
last year was a real waste of time/mandate.  By all means have some
mechanism for recall if a council member suddenly stops showing up to
meetings.  Maybe a petition signed by x developers, or a majority vote of
the council to start a votify poll for a recall.  Any recall decision
should be ratified by the developer population of course, and council
members remain in office until kicked out.  

Meeting format
-- Denis Dupeyron
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