Proposed revisions of Article 3: Membership

Nils Lohner lohner at
Fri Mar 19 15:12:07 UTC 1999

  The current discussion is about the general purpose of membership and 
its structure- we're not discussing voting etc. yet.  Please keep this in 
mind and bring it up again when we discuss the voting after the basic 
membership issues have been decided on.  Do you have any comments 
regarding membership and the three scenarios I proposed?


In message <19990318182943.H1636 at>, "Ean R . Schuessler" 
>I think one useful concept is to have representative minority veto be
>part of the equation. So that there is a special class of members
>(board or directing members, if you will) that can fabricate potential
>new policies. In certain cases (controlled by policy) there should be
>resolutions that can be voted in with a 5 or 7 day veto period. Some
>items might be whether a license is Open Source or something like that.
>If the motion survives the veto period without recieving a representative
>minority veto then it passes. Reasonably, I cannot see much of any
>situation that requires such a quick turn around. The only thing I can
>think of is press releases representing community opinion. This, however,
>is difficult and slow to assess and reasonably could not be fabricated
>in a short time frame.
>On Thu, Mar 18, 1999 at 05:38:29PM -0500, Nils Lohner wrote:
>> I have had several discussions with Ian, Joey, and Dale about this, and 
>> this will be the first time those thoughts are really put down in 
>> Eventually it would be nice to have a document that contains all of the 
>> rationales behind the articles- that way people can see the 'spirit of 
>> law' as well as the letter.
>> Actually, before the real 'writing' I'd like to outline a few possible 
>> scenarios.  I'm not sure which one makes most sense... all have their 
>> advantages and drawbacks.  I'm somewhat torn between scenarios 1&2- I'm 
>> not sure which is better suited to SPIs goals.
>> I'd like to figure out which scenario makes the most sense (and why!!) 
>> then figure out the details, and then actually write the bylaws 
>> When commenting on this, please don't just ask questions- also try to 
>> propose solutions at the same time.
>> Discussion season is open.
>> Nils.
>Ean Schuessler                                 A guy running Linux
>Novare International Inc.                  A company running Linux
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