[cabfpub] Ballot 150 - OIDs - CHANGE TO VOTING PERIOD (starts tomorrow)

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Fri Sep 4 08:45:21 UTC 2015

On 03/09/15 20:59, kirk_hall at trendmicro.com wrote:
> After looking at Bylaw 2.2, I’m not sure I agree with your
> interpretation.  Bylaw 2.2(c) says the review period must be “at least”
> seven days, and voting must then be seven days.  By amending the ballot,
> all we have done is extended the review period from seven days to 14
> days, followed by a seven day voting period.
> Isn’t our action consistent with the Bylaws?

Only if you retroactively take 6 days which people thought was a voting
period, and redesignate them as "review period".

The Bylaws do not state that the length of the review period must be
fixed before it begins. Therefore, I think it is not inconsistent with
the Bylaws to extend the review period of a ballot any number of times
and for any length, as long as the review period is still going on and
the voting period has not started. And we have done this in the past.

However, once the voting period begins, I don't think the Bylaws allow
you to un-begin it and go back to the review period. It also doesn't
talk about withdrawing ballots; but a ballot in the review period can be
effectively withdrawn by setting an infinite review period. However, one
on which voting has begun cannot be withdrawn. (This would lead to the
possibility of someone proposing a vote on something and then
withdrawing it when it looked like it wasn't going their way, to avoid
the Forum taking a position.)

So I think the right course of action is to proceed with the ballot, let
it pass or fail, and if it fails due to lack of quorum, reintroduce it.

It also strikes me that if everyone who was on the call had instead
decided to go away and vote, then we would have probably achieved quorum...

Mozilla ABSTAINS, by the way, in case we do decide to try and all vote


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