[Community-Discuss] Bylaws changes

Christian Bope christian.bope at unikin.ac.cd
Wed Nov 9 15:58:26 UTC 2016

[Speaking on my own capacity]

I would have loved to not get involved in this discussion about Board and
PDP. But I think it is important to consider keeping the PDP, Buttom-up,
Community Driven and Consensus based. And any policy adopted by the Board
if need be shall go to the PDP for consideration.


2016-11-09 21:32 GMT+08:00 Alan Barrett <alan.barrett at afrinic.net>:

> > 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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