[OSGeo-Discuss] Bylaws or procedures? [was: OSGeo Elections starting tomorrow]
p.baumann at jacobs-university.de
Tue Jul 9 09:32:12 PDT 2013
logically I cannot see the conflict - it's the intersection of both sets
described which gets effective in the end. I do agree, however, that such a
distributed modular ;-) spec is not easy to follow.
On 07/09/2013 06:23 PM, Adrian Custer wrote:
> Hey all,
> As part of looking into the rights of 'charter members', it appears that OSGeo
> operates under an unclear mix of its bylaws
> and various procedures, e.g.
> and possibly others.
> Unfortunately, these can be in conflict. For instance, from the bylaws there is:
> Section 3.3. Qualification. Directors may only be adult natural
> persons but need not be residents of Delaware or of the United
> States nor members of the corporation.
> but from the Board_Election_Procedure, there is:
> 3. Nominees must be charter members.
> which are in direct conflict so it is unclear which take precedence.
> In my experience, non-profits modify their bylaws rather than creating new
> documents with rules governing processes already set out in the bylaws. Also,
> it is not clear how to discover all the (wiki) web pages which might define
> procedures that OSGeo is currently attempting to follow.
> It has been suggested that
> (1) during an election is not the time to address such issues, and
> (2) that tidying up such issues is not a pressing matter
> so perhaps this issue is not of general interest. I bring it up merely because
> I just discovered it and I thought it worth mentioning to all of you.
> Discuss mailing list
> Discuss at lists.osgeo.org
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