[cabfpub] Endorsement Changes

Jos Purvis (jopurvis) jopurvis at cisco.com
Fri Dec 15 16:57:59 UTC 2017

While reviewing ballot 216, we noticed that there doesn't appear to be any verbiage in the Bylaws describing an endorser's right to remove (or requirement to review/reaffirm) their endorsement of a particular ballot. That is, if the ballot is changed significantly during the discussion period, there doesn't appear to be a requirement for the endorsers to re-affirm their understanding and endorsement of the new ballot language. Some of that would be personal responsibility: one would expect anyone who endorses a ballot to be keeping up with the discussions and withdraw their endorsement of the ballot if they disagree with the final version. The language around endorsement, though, appears not to require such a re-affirmation after changes. It seems like that could potentially open the door to ballot disputes or problems starting the voting period if the final post of the ballot before starting the vote included (or didn't include!) changes problematic to the endorsers.


Did we miss finding the verbiage around an endorser withdrawing endorsement of a ballot? If not, would it make sense to firm up the language and practice around endorsements, perhaps by requiring the endorsers to re-affirm their final endorsement prior to starting the voting period?


                -- Jos


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