[cabfpub] Clarify process of ceasing to be a CAB Forum member ballot draft

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Mon Apr 3 18:39:08 UTC 2017

Here's a draft ballot with the tweaks that people suggested, plus a
small expansion to cover the subject fully. Can I get a couple of endorsers?


*Ballot XXX - Clarify process of ceasing to be a CAB Forum member

*Purpose of Ballot: *The CAB Forum Bylaws define membership criteria,
but don't say what should happen when an existing member ceases to meet
those criteria. This ballot is intended to fix this, for the avoidance
of doubt and uncertainty.

The following motion has been proposed by Gervase Markham of Mozilla and
endorsed by XXX of XXX and XXX of XXX:


Change the CAB Forum bylaws to add a new section between 2.1
("Qualifying for Forum Membership") and the following section, numbering
the new section 2.2, and renumbering following sections appropriately.
The new section shall read:

*2.2 Ending Forum Membership*

Forum members may resign from the Forum at any time. Resignation does
not prevent a member potentially having continuing obligations, under
the Forum's IPR Policy or any other document.

(a) _Browser_: A Browser member's membership will automatically cease
when they stop providing updates for their membership-qualifying
software product, or if 6 months have elapsed since the last such
published update.

(b) _Issuing CA_ or _Root CA_: An CA member's membership will be
suspended if either their membership-qualifying audit is failed or is
rescinded, or if 15 months have elapsed since the end of the Audit
Period of their last successful such audit. A CA member's membership
will automatically cease after a further 6 months if they have not
passed a membership-qualifying audit by that time. While suspended, CAs
may attend meetings but not take part in any form of voting.



The procedure for approval of this Final Maintenance Guideline ballot is
as follows:



Status: Final Maintenance Guideline


Start time (23:00 UTC)


End time (23:00 UTC)

Discussion (7 to 14 days)





Vote for approval (7 days)





If vote approves ballot: Review Period (Chair to send Review Notice) (30

If Exclusion Notice(s) filed, ballot approval is rescinded and PAG to be

If no Exclusion Notices filed, ballot becomes effective at end of Review


Upon filing of Review Notice by Chair


30 days after filing of Review Notice by Chair


>From Bylaw 2.3: If the Draft Guideline Ballot is proposing a Final
Maintenance Guideline, such ballot will include a redline or comparison
showing the set of changes from the Final Guideline section(s) intended
to become a Final Maintenance Guideline, and need not include a copy of
the full set of guidelines.  Such redline or comparison shall be made
against the Final Guideline section(s) as they exist at the time a
ballot is proposed, and need not take into consideration other ballots
that may be proposed subsequently, except as provided in Bylaw Section


Votes must be cast by posting an on-list reply to this thread on the
Public list.  A vote in favor of the motion must indicate a clear 'yes'
in the response. A vote against must indicate a clear 'no' in the
response. A vote to abstain must indicate a clear 'abstain' in the
response. Unclear responses will not be counted. The latest vote
received from any representative of a voting member before the close of
the voting period will be counted. Voting members are listed here:

In order for the motion to be adopted, two thirds or more of the votes
cast by members in the CA category and greater than 50% of the votes
cast by members in the browser category must be in favor.  Quorum is
shown on CA/Browser Forum wiki.  Under Bylaw 2.2(g), at least the
required quorum number must participate in the ballot for the ballot to
be valid, either by voting in favor, voting against, or abstaining.
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