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To: Roy Bamford <neddyseagoon@g.o>
From: Donnie Berkholz <dberkholz@g.o>
Subject: Re: Voting procedure
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 15:43:40 -0800
On 13:03 Sat 10 Jan     , Roy Bamford wrote:
> I would like to widen the discussion a little. I propose that council 
> members serve for two years, not the current year and that half the 
> seats are contested every year.
> This helps ensure a smooth transition from one council to the next and 
> avoids the case where a council near the end of its term decides to 
> 'leave it for the new council' and the new council takes a few months 
> to find its feet. We have seen both cases already.
> Council can debate/vote on that any time, or even decide to hold a 
> referendum.

I definitely think we need to hear from more people outside the council 
on this before making any decision. I like the idea of longer terms, and 
at the same time I see solar's point about people getting re-elected. If 
we're staggered, we're constantly getting an influx of new people 
regardless so the continuity is in the re-elected ones.

> To answer your questions directly, I'm not happy with the 'fake person'
> A democracy gets the leadership it deserves, if there are seven 
> vacanices and only seven candidates, they should be elected unopposed. 
> No vote required.

I'd rather have 5 people I want in charge than those same 5 people plus 
2 more who are totally unsuitable for council. Gentoo deserves the 
people our community want on the council, and nobody else.

> The 'none of the below' option can force a continuious cycle of 
> nominations/elections

So? As long as the cycle continues, the current council remains in place.


Donnie Berkholz
Developer, Gentoo Linux
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