[IAEP] [SLOBS] PATCH: Remove Decision Panels from our Governance document

Walter Bender walter.bender at gmail.com
Sun May 15 10:12:29 EDT 2011

On Sun, May 15, 2011 at 9:10 AM, Bernie Innocenti <bernie at codewiz.org> wrote:
> Nobody commented on this motion... who is +1? who is -1?
> On Sun, 2011-05-08 at 17:56 -0400, Bernie Innocenti wrote:
>> As part of my attempt to simplify bureaucracy within Sugar Labs, I felt
>> that Decision Panels were a redundant mechanism to find consensus within
>> the community. The existing paragraph on Referenda offers a better way
>> to make democratic decisions:
>>   At times an issue may arise that merits gathering consensus from the
>>   community. Any member of the Sugar Labs Foundation can suggest a
>>   referendum. To be accepted, a request for a referendum must be
>>   endorsed by 10% of all of the membership. The overall referendum
>>   process is overseen by the Membership and Elections Committee,
>>   which can be reached at elections at sugarlabs.org. A 75% vote of
>>   all of the members can override an Oversight Board decision.
>> MOTION: Apply the following patch to the Governance page:
>> --- Governance.orig   2011-04-30 20:37:41.284321281 -0300
>> +++ Governance        2011-05-08 15:21:38.264523580 -0300
>> @@ -77,20 +77,6 @@ following the election of a new Represen
>>  the authority to instruct the Conservancy on the Project's behalf on all
>>  matters.
>> -====Decision Panels====
>> -
>> -The Oversight Board's role is to manage the day-to-day affairs of Sugar Labs
>> -and to help the community to build consensus. On the rare occasion of a
>> -contentious issue on which no general consensus can be reached, the Oversight
>> -Board is responsible for convening a Decision Panel. The Oversight Board will
>> -be responsible for determining when a Decision Panel is required and for
>> -selecting members for the Decision Panel. Members of the Oversight Board are
>> -not permitted to serve on a Decision Panel. A Decision Panel will solicit
>> -community input, discuss (in private if they deem it necessary), reach a
>> -conclusion internally, and produce a report documenting their conclusion.
>> -(Anyone may submit advice to a Decision Panel.) The Oversight Board will review
>> -and ratify Decision Panel reports.
>> -
>>  ===Advisory Board===
>>  The [[Sugar Labs/Governance/Advisory Board|Advisory Board]] is made up of
> --
>  _ // Bernie Innocenti
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While I have no real issue with the Decision Panel mechanism, I agree
that a referendum would essentially serve the same purpose; no reason
to have both.


Walter Bender
Sugar Labs

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