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Re: draft alternative proposal: fix problem at the root

On Tuesday, December 02, 2014 10:50:30 PM Michael Gilbert wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 6:42 PM, Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
> > On 12/02/2014 06:13 PM, Jakub Wilk wrote:
> >> This is an interesting proposal. But it's a big change, so I think it
> >> should be thoroughly discussed before I could second it.
> > 
> > I agree some discussion would be useful, but seems like it's a lot
> > simpler than all the other noodling with term-limits that has gone on
> > thus far.  What kind of thorough discussion would you like to have?
> > 
> > It seems like the proposal is simple:
> >  * Do away with the Technical Committee entirely.
> > 
> > The main questions this raises are:
> > 
> > How would we deal with conflicts that would currently be addressed by
> > the TC?  Hopefully, the answers would be something like: collaboration
> > and teamwork, negotiation, mediation, and GRs (in that order).
> > 
> > Do we believe that those resolution mechanisms would be more or less
> > likely to cause strife within the project (or outside the project) than
> > would resolution by the current TC mechanism?
> Disbanding the TC would likely do more harm than good.  There would be
> no way to conclude a disagreement.
> I suggested this before:
>     TC actions should be limited solely to disagreement mediation, and only
> when that doesn't involve a conflict of interest pertaining to one of the
> TC members,
>     and only when all other attempts at reconciliation have tried and
> failed.
> I would like to see all of section 6.1 removed and replaced by
> something simple, limited, and to the point like that.

I hadn't brought it up yet, since I thought it was best dealt with non-
constitutionally, but now that we're on the topic ...

I think it would be better if ctte members did not bring disputes to the ctte 
and then vote on the resolution of that dispute.  Doing so significantly 
undermines the legitimacy of the ctte.  This could either be prohibited by a 
simple rule of the ctte among themselves or constitutionally.

Personally, I think a constitutional measure is overkill, but it would resolve 
one of the concerns that has me wondering about the value of the ctte as a 
going concern for the project.

Scott K

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