Re: Procedure for submitting requests for clarification to the committee
>>"Dale" == Dale Scheetz <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Dale> On 29 Jul 1999, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
Dale> All this what-iffing doesn't tell me what it is that you want from the
Dale> rest of the committee.
Creatre and publicize a process by which people can submit
issues to the committee. This method has to be one that leaves the
committee accesible to all developers, but has a reasonable potential
for preventing the committee from getting swamped by frivolous
Dale> I have always agreed with Ian, but what does that have to do
Dale> with "raming through technical solutions", and what gives you
Dale> the idea that the technical committee was intended for such
The constitution does not rule that out. We
Dale> The supreme court's reasons for refusing to hear cases have to
Dale> do with issues that go far beyond those this committee is
Dale> expected to deal with.
So they hear different cases. So what? In either case, I think
a measure is needed to prevent a denial of service attack ;-)
Dale> The technical committee has a very clear and specific mandate: resolve
Dale> technical difficulties that can not be resolved by the other means
Dale> provided by the contstitution.
Dale> As a committee under that same constitution, we are expected to
Dale> determine a committee chair, and our operating proceedures
Dale> within the committee.
And bring us up to quorum (we need 6 active members, I
Dale> I agree that this committee has been sleeping, but only because we have
Dale> not yet been called upon.
Dale> It sounds like you would like to call upon this committee to decide
Dale> something, but are unwilling to approach the committee until its internal
Dale> processes have been decided. Is this the crux of your desires?
Dale> You know, that as a committee member who is going to bring a
Dale> "question" before the committee, you will be required to
Dale> "requise"(sp) yourself from the decission making processes of
Dale> the committee?
Why? Where does this requirement come from? This is a
technical issue, not an emotional one. My technical ability does not
suddenly die if I make a proposal. (recuse is the word you are
looking for). In fact the constituion says:
<li>The Technical Committee uses the Standard Resolution Procedure.
A draft resolution or amendment may be proposed by any
member of the Technical Committee. There is no minimum
discussion period; the voting period lasts for up to one
week, or until the outcome is no longer in doubt. Members
may change their votes. There is a quorum of two.
No detailed design work.
The Technical Committee does not engage in design of new proposals
and policies. Such design work should be carried out by individuals
privately or together and discussed in ordinary technical policy and
The committee is ot expected to do the design, but any
individual may do so -- even a member (who does not give up his
rights as a developer.
Dale> Since when is "presenting an issue" constitute clouding a debate?
I wish that we have a process for presenting issues to the
tech ctte before I present an issue.
Dale> You seem to be being purposfully evasive about what you want from this
Dale> committee at the same time you seem to be asking for some very firm
Dale> positions on our part.
Evasive? Evasive? I have beeen asking for a process to allow
people to submit issues before the committee. If we decide that a
simple email is enough (against my objections), then so be it. All I
am asking for a resolution to that issue, and all I get is grilling
about what I may be presenting here in the future. How are these
>> I was hoping for a quick consensus, since this was a minor
>> procedural matter, but I should have known better ;-). We could move
>> this to any other list, if you wish.
Dale> If you want "quick consensus" how can you suggest that we move the
Dale> conversation to a broader audience!
You are the one who asked it to be moved, not I. I said that
the reason it was *not* before a broader audince was that I wanted a
quick consensus, which we obviously do not have.
Dale> It sounds like what you are asking is for the committee to
Dale> organize itself so you and Wichert can make a proposal to an
Dale> organized body through understood channels. If that is what you
Dale> want, why don't you just say so?
What the heck do you think I have been saying?
Dale> I hereby propose that we elect a chair for the committee and
Dale> decide on a proceedure for approaching this committee.
Dale> I would like to nominate Raul for the postion of chairperson, if he is
Dale> willing to serve.
Dale> Is this what you wanted?
Dale> Further I would suggest that the committee require specific conditions
Dale> before it can be asked to "rule" on a technical decission:
Dale> 1. There should be an existing proposal with clear specifications.
You are then limiting the powers that the constitution
provides this ctte. On what grounds? (The Technical Committee may
o Decide on any matter of technical policy.
o Decide any technical matter where Developers' jurisdictions
o Make a decision when asked to do so
o Overrule a Developer (requires a 3:1 majority).
o Offer advice.
Not all these require there be an existing proposal.
Dale> 2. There should have been enough discussion to make it clear that a
Dale> decission is not possible in a timely fashion.
This again violates the constituion.
Any person or body may delegate a decision of their own to
the Technical Committee, or seek advice from it.
There is no provision that a decision is not possible.
Dale> 3. Both "sides" of the debate must generate a specific proposal, with
Dale> justification, as a single proposal to the technical committee. (one
Dale> specification for each side, not one unified proposal)
This fails if there are no two sides to a debate. If a
technical problem exists, and the developers can't find a solution,
the tech ctte may step in.
Dale> 4. The technical committee should have a short discussion period where
Dale> either one or the other proposals are clarified as "correct" or another
Dale> alternative is generated that the committee can agree on.
This applies to a subset of cases that the constituion says
the ctte acts on.
Dale> 5. Once a decission is made, those policy changes that are necessary will
Dale> be directed to the Policy Group for inclusion in the Policy documents.
Dale> Is this what you were looking for Manoj?
Well, it is a start.
"Yes, and I feel bad about rendering their useless carci into
dogfood..." Badger comics
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