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Re: Maximum term for tech ctte members

Anthony Towns writes ("Re: Maximum term for tech ctte members"):
> On 30 May 2014 19:37, Anthony Towns <aj@erisian.com.au> wrote:
> > I might have another go at seeing if I can word it for rolling twelve
> > months, to see if that's workable.
> Okay, so I gave it a go, and came up with:

This is a good general approach but I would quibble with a couple of
the details:

>  - A Technical Committee member's term will end upon resignation, removal
>    or expiry.
>  - A Technical Committee member may resign by stating such in public
>    email to the committee discussion list.
>  - If the Technical Committee and the Project Leader agree they may
>    remove or replace an existing member of the Technical Committee.
>  - The most senior member of the Technical Committee's term expires
>    immediately, if in the preceding twelve months fewer than two
>    Committee members' terms have ended. Seniority is determined
>    by a member's most recent date of appointment to the Committee,
>    with ties broken by length of membership in the Project.

Firstly, I think this should be set as a backstop rather than be the
normal case.  I think the normal case should be that the TC would
replace a member before the deadline.  So I would make some changes:

   - Term limit: Every 1st of November, the most senior member of the
     Technical Committee's is immediately and automatically removed
     from the Committee, if in the preceding 27 months less than two
     new Committee members have been appointed.  Seniority is
     determined by a member's most recent date of appointment to the
     Committee, with ties broken by length of membership in the

But adding non-normative text:

     The Technical Committee should arrange to appoint fresh members
     on a regular basis, at least as often (and probably more often)
     than the minimum specified here.  This should normally be done in
     a manner that permits the outgoing member to participate in the

Note that I'm proposing an effective constitutional maximum term of 9
years (assuming we increase the committee size, which seems likely).

But the TC would have the freedom - and the encouragement of the
non-normative text - to have a faster turnover.  Also, the TC has the
freedom (if a 9 year term is desired) to, either run one appointment
every year or two appointments every two years, or something in

I think 6 years is probably a better actual term than 9 or 4.5.  So I
would be in favour of the TC running an election for 1 place every 18

> That should work okay along with:
>  - A developer is not eligible to be reappointed to the committee if
>    they have been a member for more than four of the past five years.

I would prefer:

   - For the purposes of seniority and term expiry, someone who leaves
     the committee but rejoins it less than 10 months later, is
     treated as having been a member continuously throughout that gap.

I say 10 months to allow for some slop: if the TC runs annual
recruitment it might take more or less time each time so actual
appointments would be slightly offset and terms wouldn't be exactly
whole numbers of years.

You wouldn't want someone who was reappointed after roughly a year's
absence but in a quick process to be immediately retired again (and
indeed the whole appointment to be discounted for the retirement

> [on your earlier non-specified-date scheme:]
> But it sure gets confusing, especially with Colin having to resign
> after four years in order to be re-appointed to serve eight years,
> rather than maxing out at about six years and not being immediately
> re-appointable. Worse still with Keith who (I think) would max out
> after 3 and a bit years, get reappointed, and would then have to
> resign a few months later and get reappointed in order to max out at
> eight years...

This is a consequence of the rule running continuously rather than
at fixed intervals.

I think we should have fixed intervals but a minimum replenishment
rate rather than fixed terms.  The effect of that is to phase the new
regime in in a sensible way.


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