[cabfpub] Bylaws: Update Membership Criteria (section 2.1)

Wayne Thayer wthayer at mozilla.com
Thu Feb 7 22:51:15 UTC 2019

On today's call we discussed an alternative approach to updating Bylaws
section 2.1: change the Forum level membership requirement to:

CWG Members are automatically granted Forum membership.

Then ensure that all CWG charters specify appropriate membership criteria.
This approach has some advantages:
* Each CWG can tailor membership requirements to their scope without
worrying about conflicting with Forum requirements
* Eliminates the Forum application process that currently requires
Applicants to submit the same information to both the SCWG and the Forum
* Clarifies the intent that CWG members must be Forum members as well

I have drafted these changes in the document at the link I sent out on the
Management list earlier today:
* Replaced all of the membership language in section 2.1 with the statement
* Added requirements in section 5.3.1 for CWGs to specify membership
criteria for each supported category of membership that is defined in the
Bylaws (Certificate Issuer, Certificate Consumer, Associate Member,
Interested Party)
* Added section 3 on Membership to the CWG Charter template in Exhibit C
* Added the current SCWG Charter to the end of the doc and moved the
membership criteria from the Bylaws (with most proposed changes that were
discussed earlier in this thread) into this new version of the SCWG Charter

I also experimented with moving Bylaws section 2.2 "Ending Forum
Membership" to the SCWG Charter, but I don't think that's necessary.

I would appreciate everyone's review and comments on these changes.

If we go ahead with this, I suspect that there are other changes we should
make to the SCWG Charter - feel free to add your suggestions to the doc.


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