[Incubator] juez y parte

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Thu Oct 12 11:29:29 PDT 2017

Vicky we were asked to write down how we operate here:

*The incubation committee operates within the OSGeo committee guidelines
<https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Committee_Guidelines>, operating in a close
working relationship with the OSGeo board as reflected in our
responsibilities above.*

   - *Voting members: Voting members are maintained on this page as
      outlined below. This committee is volunteer based with committee member
      ship driven by email request to be added or removed. Inactive
members (see
      below) are removed as needed to preserve committee function.*
      - *Project mentors: Have volunteered to represent our organization at
      a personal level as a guest on the projects email list and meetings.
      Project mentors are responsible for recommending when a project is ready
      for graduation based on this first hand experience. For more information
      see mentor guidelines
      - *Committee chair: Committee chair appointed by motion, result
      forward to the board for approval and recognition as an officer of the
      foundation. Committee chair is responsible for operation of the
      - *Communication: This committee operates on the incubator
      <https://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/incubator> mailing
list. With the
      occasional breakout IRC meeting, hangout, or phone call to
explore specific
      - *Decision making: Decision making is performed by email motion.
      Motions are held open for a two week period. Each motion requires a 50%
      quorum within the two week period. Voting consists of +1 (approval), +0
      (slight agreement), -0 (slight disagreement), -1 (against). The committee
      chair is responsible for replying to the email thread with voting results
      and motion resolution.*
         - *Email motions should be clearly worded and have a subject line
         - *Motions are held open for a two week period to give everyone a
         chance to respond, this accounts for volunteers that are only
available on
         - *At discretion of the chair a motion may be held open longer
         than two weeks*
         - *If a motion does not gather a 50% response within a two week
         period we may need to revisit our active member list -
removing members
         that have not voted within the last year.*
         - *Voting +0 and -0 are a good way to reach quorum for volunteers
         that have not had a chance to follow the discussion*
         - *There is no veto in the incubation committee, but we tend to
         respect -1 votes and withdraw motions that are divisive. It
is noted that
         when reviewing graduation checklists -1 votes tend to track
         issues that are then addressed within the voting period.*
      - *Independence: Our mandate is focused on providing to the OSGeo
      board as outlined above.*

I would like it if we could make a motion to revise this information in
order to answer your question in a consistent fashion, we could consider
one of the following options:

- Avoid Response: 'Voting +0 is a good way for a committee member, who is
effected by the decision being made, to offer a response without
contributing to the overall vote"
- Soft Response: "Voting +0 and -0 or is good way for a volunteer to avoid
holding up the decision, when they would otherwise feel uncomfortable
voting due to a conflict of interest"
- Incubation Priority: Voting "+1 project member" or similar is a good way
for a volunteer to participate while noting a relationship with the matter
under discussion. Committee members are trusted to respecting incubation
priorities when considering any motion before the committee.

Jody Garnett

On 12 October 2017 at 06:17, Vicky Vergara <vicky at georepublic.de> wrote:

> Just asking:
> "juez y parte" is the term in Spanish when a "judge" also belongs to the
> "party" that is being judged.
> Are there policies on incubator committee that considers this kind of
> situation?
> If not, there are some possibilities, like:
> When a "judge" is also a "party", the "judge" can use +0, -0
> When a "judge" is also a "party", the "judge" can not vote on motions
> referencing the "party"
> I must say that who ever rose my attention to this, is a straight person
> making it clear that also belongs to the "party" that is being judged.
> Vicky
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