[Community-Discuss] Bylaws changes

Alan Barrett alan.barrett at afrinic.net
Wed Nov 9 13:32:53 UTC 2016

> On 9 Nov 2016, at 18:36, ALAIN AINA <aalain at trstech.net> wrote:
> What i am sensing here is Board being involved in the “rough consensus” process of the PDPWG  which is different from board adopting its own policies which shall be submitted to the community for endorsement.
> Ok.  In case of deadlock as described above and if the board made the decision over  policy proposals being discussed, why bring the  adopted policy back to the same community for endorsement ?

There are two ways to make policy:

The normal way: Policy is made by the community and ratified by the Board. See Bylaws 11.2 and 11.3, and the PDP.

The unusual way: Policy is made by the Board and endorsed by the community.  See Bylaws 11.4 and 11.5.

The changes under discussion do not affect the normal process (PDP, and Bylaws 11.2 and 11.3).  The changes under discussion are intended to prevent the Board from abusing the unusual process (Bylaws 11.4 and 11.5).

My example (not quoted) was  intended to illustrate why it is sometimes a good idea to let the Baord adopt policies that do not reach rough consensus.

Alan Barrett

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