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Re: Bug#636783: TC process GRs

On 26 June 2014 10:11, Ian Jackson <ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> wrote:
>  * Change the committee size to an odd number to minimise use of the
>    casting vote in highly contested situations.  Status: under
>    discussion; text should be simple.  Current proposal is to increase
>    to 9.

This seems a lot like fighting the last war to me, and consequently
not of much value, but does there also need to be some requirement to
actually fill the ctte then? having nine slots, but only eight members
doesn't help

>  * Explicitly permit the TC to hold private conversations.  These
>    would not include actual votes etc., and are still discouraged.
>    Draft text is ready.

I personally think it'd be better to do something more along the
opposite lines -- if the tech ctte members have discussions in private
on issues that have been put to the ctte (eg at conferences, over
beers, irc query sessions), require they post summaries of the
conversation to the public ctte list after the fact.

As far as mediation goes; it would be appropriate for the ctte to
recommend the disputants undertake private mediation attempts, which
might result in a recommendation the ctte adopts, but it seems like
having that be separate from the ctte's duties in general would be a
better plan than allowing discussions to go secret whenever someone
thinks it would be "counterproductive".


Anthony Towns <aj@erisian.com.au>

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