[cabfpub] Ballot XXX: Update Discussion Period Process

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Wed Dec 6 08:59:55 MST 2017


[Here's a repost of my proposed text to fix the issue that Tim has
helpfully recently re-raised.]

*Ballot XXX: Update Discussion Period Process
*

Purpose of Ballot: The current voting procedures specify a "period of
discussion", the duration of which is fixed before the ballot process
begins. This ballot updates that to instead have the period of
discussion be more flexible, to avoid it expiring while discussion is
ongoing and thereby voting on a sub-optimal ballot.

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

*-- MOTION BEGINS --*

This ballot modifies the CAB Forum Bylaws.

In Section 2.3(c), replace the text:

"The discussion period then shall take place for at least seven but no
more than 14 calendar days before votes are cast. The proposer of the
ballot will designate the length of the discussion period, and each
ballot shall clearly state the start and end dates and times (including
time zone) for both the discussion period and the voting period."

with:

"The discussion period then shall take place for at least seven calendar
days before votes are cast. At any time, a new version of the ballot
(marked with a distinguishing version number) may be posted by the
proposer in the same manner as the original. Once no new version of the
ballot has been posted for seven calendar days, the proposer may end the
discussion period and start the voting period by reposting the final
version of the ballot and clearly indicating that voting is to begin,
along with the start and end dates and times (including time zone) for
the voting period. The ballot automatically fails if 21 calendar days
elapse since the proposer last posted a version of the ballot and the
voting period has not been started."

Similarly, in Section 2.4(b), replace the text:

"As described in Section 2.3(c), there will be a discussion period of at
least seven but no more than 14 calendar days before votes are cast on a
Draft Guideline Ballot, with the start and end dates of such discussion
period clearly specified in the ballot."

with:

"As described in Section 2.3(c), there will be a discussion period of at
least seven days before votes are cast on a Draft Guideline Ballot, with
the start date of such discussion period clearly specified in the
ballot. The discussion period shall end and the voting period shall
commence also according to the procedure specified in Section 2.3(c)."

In Section 2.3(d) of the CAB Forum Bylaws, replace the text:

"Upon completion of the discussion period, Members shall have"

with:

"Upon commencement of the voting period, Members shall have"

Similarly, in Section 2.4(c), replace the text:

"As described in Section 2.3(d), upon completion of such discussion
period, Members shall have"

with:

"As described in Section 2.3(d), upon commencement of the voting period,
Members shall have"

*-- MOTION ENDS --*

The procedure for approval of this ballot is as follows:


	

Start time (22:00 UTC)

	

End time (22:00 UTC)

Discussion (7 to 14 days)

	

XXX

	

XXX

Vote for approval (7 days)

	

XXX

	

XXX

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:
https://cabforum.org/members/

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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