[cabfpub] Increase maximum discussion time for ballots

Tim Hollebeek tim.hollebeek at digicert.com
Thu Feb 24 17:47:09 UTC 2022

The 21 day time limit for discussion is intended to prevent abandoned ballots from lingering forever.  Experience has shown that this limit is too short, and there often is a more than 21 day gap between ballot updates when people are busy, discussions are complicated, and so on.  Ballot authors have often had to either waste time doing a ballot update with no changes just to reset the timer, or allocate a new ballot number.  Both are undesirable.

I have suggested previously that a longer limit like 90 days might be more appropriate.  Ballot authors can withdraw ballots on their own before that to make sure that only ballots that are still under consideration are active.

Do people agree with this approach, and would they support a quick Bylaws update to fix it?  I know every time we update the Bylaws, some people insist on a long time for legal review, but we used to change our Bylaws much more easily, and since this is just replacing one number with another number, it should be straightforward.

If I wrote up some ballot language making this small fix, would people support it?

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