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From "Leo Sutic" <leo.su...@inspireinfrastructure.com>
Subject [PMC:VOTE] PMC Voting Process
Date Fri, 24 Jan 2003 09:13:17 GMT

you may vote on the dev or pmc list. 2/3 majority is required. The list
of PMC members are, to my knowledge:

  * Nicola Ken Barozzi
  * Stephen McConnell
  * Leo Sutic
  * Leo Simons
  * Paul Hammant
  * Marcus Crafter
  * Carsten Ziegeler
  * Pete Royal
  * Berin Loritsch
  * Jeff Turner

Meaning that 5 votes are required for this to pass, and that 4 of those
must be +1. It is now 2003-01-24 1005 CET.



I propose that the following text shall be - after it is suitably
formatted - incorporated into the "Avalon PMC Policies and Procedures"

= PMC Voting Procedures =

This document details how the Avalon PMC has agreed to handle voting.

== People Involved in the Voting Process ==

=== The Proposer ===

The proposer is the one who comes up with the discussion that needs to
be addressed.  Any member of the Avalon community may start the
discussion. The proposer must follow the procedures listed under the
heading "Prior to the Vote".

=== The Vote Administrator ===

The vote administrator is the person who tallies the votes and reports
the results.  The person who actually puts a proposal up for vote is
usually the vote administrator, although this task can be taken on by
someone else.

=== The Voter ===

A voter is someone who expresses support, opposition or abstention for
the subject being voted on.  A voter must be an Avalon PMC member. Input
is appreciated from committers and all other members of the community,
but only votes from PMC members are counted.

== Prior to the Vote ==

Before any vote can take place, the subject must be discussed. All such
discussions take place on the Avalon developer or PMC mailing list, and
have the text "[PROPOSAL]" in the subject line.  That practice alerts
members to the fact that you eventually intend to call a vote on the

== The Vote ==

When the proposal is ready to be adopted by the community, the Proposer
will call for a vote on the Avalon developers or PMC mailing list. The
call for vote must have the text "[PMC:VOTE]" in the subject line.  That
practice alerts the members to the fact that the prior proposal is now
ready to vote on, and discussion should stop for the proposal.

=== How to Vote ===

The voter responds to the call for vote with an expression of support,
opposition, or abstention.  The exact way to express the voter's
position is listed below:

* +1  a vote supporting the subject
* +0  a vote abstaining from the subject (but showing some support).
* -0  a vote abstaining from the subject (but showing disapproval).
* -1  a vote opposing the subject

=== Counting Votes ===

The vote administrator will count only the last vote from each voter.
That means a voter may change their vote at any time during the duration
of the vote. 

=== Types of Votes ===

There are two classes of votes: a Qualified Majority Vote and a Normal
Majority Vote.

==== Qualified Majority Vote ====

Any vote that affects the texts "Avalon PMC Charter" or "Avalon PMC
Policies and Procedures" is a Qualified Majority Vote. For this type of
vote to pass, it requires support from two-thirds (2/3) of the voters.

==== Normal Majority Vote ====

All votes that do not fall under the heading of Qualified Majority Vote
are handled as a Normal Majority Vote. If more than half (1/2) of the
voters support it, then the vote has passed.

=== Voting Qualifications ===

In order for any vote to be considered binding it must have quorum, and
be held for the proper amount of time.

==== Quorum ====

For all votes, there must be at least three (3) voters and half (1/2) of
the PMC must cast a vote.

==== Duration ====

All votes will be open for an initial period of one week.  The Vote
Administrator may close the vote at any time after that period if quorum
has been achieved.  If quorum could not be reached within the initial
one-week period, the vote will remain open for one additional week.  If
the vote still has not achieved quorum, then it is considered failed.
The proposer can choose to bring it up later when quorum can be reached.

== After the Vote ==

When the vote is closed, the results of the vote are summarized by the
Vote Administrator.  The vote administrator will send an email to the
Avalon developers or PMC list with the text "[PMC:VOTE-RESULT]" in the
subject that has the summary.  The summary will include the count of all
+1, +0, -0, and -1 responses, and the final verdict of whether the
subject passed.

== Disagreements ==

Disagreements concerning voting may be directed to the Chair. The
Chair's opinion shall be final and binding upon the PMC.



Here's my +1.


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