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From: "Jorge Manuel B. S. Vicetto" <jmbsvicetto@g.o>
Subject: Re: Council discuss: overlapping council terms of two years
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2011 23:24:56 +0000
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On 01-08-2011 18:47, Fabian Groffen wrote:
> After the new council was setup, a "introductionary" meeting was held
> to get the new council members going a bit.  Since this meeting
> replaced an ordinary meeting, it is considered a waste of time by
> some [1].
> 
> Roy Bamford suggested to change the scheme to "Two year terms and
> elections every year for half the seats."
> 
> This requires an update to GLEP39 [2] on all points that reference
> the one year period of the council.  It requires addition of the two 
> overlapping terms, and dealing with the "less than 50% attendance" 
> point.
> 
> Voting for this point makes little to no sense for as long as the 
> implications to GLEP39 and possibly other organisational issues
> aren't clear.  Hence, at this stage, brief discussion by the council
> in the next meeting can only make it clear if the current council has
> the intention to supports a change like this or not.

As I've expressed already a few times, I strongly disagree with the
Council being able to change the rules that govern it. In my view, this
topic belongs to a reform of GLEP39.

Also, as documented on the last meeting's summary[1], the current
council voted on not being able to update GLEP39:

Donnie asked for a clarification by the council members on whether they
think a global dev vote is required to update GLEP39 or not. The
council voted 5 yes and 1 no that the council can't change GLEP39 as it
requires a full developer vote.

[1] -
http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/council/meeting-logs/20110715-summary.txt

> Please discuss how to implement a change like this.  Starting point 
> would be to see what changes would be necessary to GLEP39.  Also, 
> whether the term would have to become 2 year, or the votings be twice
> a year.  All contributions, objections or alternative ideas welcome.

- From my experience in the council, I think 2 year terms are too long.
Having overlapping terms might work or not, I'd say it depends on who is
elected to the council - although they can help in the transition.
One thing I dislike in Roy's proposal is moving from 7 to 5 council
members. I think the current number is a good balance between a cohesive
body and a representative body and that a council with only 5 members is
getting too thin.

> [1]
> http://archives.gentoo.org/gentoo-project/msg_57311d9d940106bc9b4c039707e0c953.xml
>
> 
[2] http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/glep/glep-0039.html

- -- 
Regards,

Jorge Vicetto (jmbsvicetto) - jmbsvicetto at gentoo dot org
Gentoo- forums / Userrel / Devrel / KDE / Elections / RelEng
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