Re: `Standing resolutions'

From: Ian Jackson <ijackson(at)chiark(dot)greenend(dot)org(dot)uk>
To: John Goerzen <jgoerzen(at)complete(dot)org>
Cc: spi-bylaws(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org, board(at)spi-inc(dot)org
Subject: Re: `Standing resolutions'
Date: 2003-12-16 23:57:28
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John Goerzen writes ("Re: `Standing resolutions'"):
> Some comments:
> 1. I don't think that we need a general over-all expiration date. If
> the Board wants to set an expiration for a particular item, it can
> do so, of course. My concern is what will happen if we have lots of
> these things to keep track of and fail to renew something tnat
> people didn't realize was expiring -- plus the added workload,
> presumably on the secretary.

Perhaps it would be better, given SPI's history, and the consequences
of expiration, to have a date in the resolution saying `the policy
stands until amended or withdrawn, but board resolves to reconsider
the matter at its first meeting 3 years after the policy is last
reconsidered' or some such.

> 2. Policy should be numbered and organized, similar to, for example,
> Debian policy or (better) United States Code. Board resolutions
> that adjust policy or adopt new policies will essentially say
> "change paragraph x.y.z to foo" or "add new section foo after
> x.y.z" or "delete section x.y.z". It will be completely clear from
> resolutions exactly what the change is.

Something like that, yes. Although I was imagining that the policies
would have titles and named sections, so that you don't end up with
opaque edits like "from policy no.14, delete paragraphs 2 and 3 and in
paragraph 4 change the 2nd `and' to `or'" :-).

If other people think this is a good idea, or have comments, please
say so. If it seems to generally meet with favour, I'll draft a
resolution for the next board meeting if that seems to be the right


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