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[rpd] Report of the Soft Landing isuue
dewole at forum.org.ng
Thu Apr 20 23:33:43 UTC 2017
Not to add to or take away from the validity or otherwise of your
arguments, but so that we don't confuse RPD newcomers, SM:
The decision for a policy proposal to become a ratified policy only gets
into the hands of the board, *after* (some revision of) it has
successfully reached rough consensus with this PDWG community in online
discussions, a public policy meeting, and the final proposal draft has
gone through a period of last call for comments. If there is no
community consensus to proceed, the board has no decision to make.
or if you like,
On 20/04/2017 21:56, sm+afrinic at elandsys.com wrote:
> Hi Owen,
> At 11:24 20-04-2017, Owen DeLong wrote:
>> I disagree.
> I'll comment below.
>> Let us examine the difference in roles here:
>> The PDWG Cochairs are charged with determining whether or not the
>> policy has consensus of the community. An interest or attachment to
>> the policy (such as actually drafting it, having a commercial stake
>> in the outcome, etc.) is a clear conflict with that role.
>> The Board ratification process does not focus on whether the policy
>> is supported by the community or whether or not it is a good policy.
>> The board is tasked not with any such value judgment, but with the
>> following very limited mandate:
>> + Would ratification violate the board's fiduciary
>> (Would the policy be clearly financially or legally
>> ruinous to the organization)
>> + Was the PDP followed in delivering the policy to the
>> While I suppose you could argue that a board member with an interest
>> in the policy outcome might ignore his responsibilities in the first
>> question, the reality is that if the community has come to consensus
>> around such a policy, there are bigger problems than the COI involved
> My comment was about avoiding a technicality. The decision for a
> proposal to become a policy is taken by the Board. It is easier for
> the director not to participate in the decision if he/she wrote the
> proposal instead of figuring out whether there is a strong case for
> conflict of interest.
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