[OSGeo-Conf] Voting & commitment

Gert-Jan van der Weijden - Stichting OSGeo.nl gert-jan at osgeo.nl
Fri Sep 30 11:03:23 PDT 2016

Brilliant idea.



Van: Conference_dev [mailto:conference_dev-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] Namens massimiliano cannata
Verzonden: vrijdag 30 september 2016 19:45
Aan: bitner at dbspatial.com; <conference_dev at lists.osgeo.org>
Onderwerp: Re: [OSGeo-Conf] Voting & commitment


Dear all,
trying to mediate positions I suggest that this Committee could have two bodies:

1) Foss4g voting members that vote once a year

2) a steering group that take care of all the other matters that needs to be decider and agreed

Sound suitable?



Il 30 set 2016 7:30 PM, "David William Bitner" <bitner at dbspatial.com> ha scritto:

I also think in the case of this committee, there is one vote a year that the folks here universally care about: the FOSS4G selection.


Other than that, people clearly have far less energy to spend paying attention to things like governance issues. Low/no quorum can handle this even with a large overall pool of committee members as folks who only care about that one vote can "ride it out" through the year, but pay close attention come rfp/selection time.


On Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 12:25 PM, Eli Adam <eadam at co.lincoln.or.us> wrote:

On Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 5:05 PM, Venkatesh Raghavan
<venka.osgeo at gmail.com> wrote:

> The way I look at the 25% quorum threshold, suggested by Eli,
> is that it is close to the "benevolent dictatorship"
> decision model. One of our projects in incubation
> was asked to retire since the lead developer proposed
> to adopt such a model for the project PSC.

25% quorum threshold and "benevolent dictatorship" have nearly nothing
in common.

In benevolent dictatorship 1 person can overrule a 90% majority.  This
is entirely anti-democratic.

In low (or no quorum), people can participate as it suits and
interests them.  If people are fine with the already voted stance,
then they don't need to throw in their +1.  If people are satisfied
with the motion going either way, they certainly don't need to add
their +0.  During contentious or interesting topics that also fit the
timing of activities in people's personal lives, then there is often
high participation.  While participation may range from 1%-100%, the
result is consensus or at least majority.  Majority to consensus is
entirely democratic.  People choosing to not vote is not a loss of
democracy.  The potential is there if people are so inclined.

Best regards, Eli

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