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[rpd] Selecting WG Co-Chairs: Was Re: Can a Consensual Decision of the PDWG Violate the PDP? (was: Report from Recall Committee)

Mike Silber silber.mike at
Wed Feb 24 09:43:06 UTC 2021

Thanks Jaco


We have seen two well meaning but inexperienced co-chairs get things very wrong. I don’t see any issue with us agreeing some criteria that we think will be a useful yardstick against which potential candidates can be measured.

The aim is to guide WG decision making (what criteria are likely to lead to qualified candidates) rather than any form of rule to include or exclude any candidate.

I am not sure why some people are insisting on reading this in the most negative way possible when (to me at least) the positive intention was clear at the start. Those same folks seem to support the idea that anyone can volunteer and can be added to the slate and everyone gets to vote and that will result in the ideal candidates being selected for co-chairs.

I am not sure that is true, but let’s roll the dice and see what we get …. maybe another recall in a year of two?


> On 24 Feb 2021, at 11:19, Jaco Kroon <jaco at> wrote:


> Hi,


> On 2021/02/24 02:12, Owen DeLong via RPD wrote:



>>> On Feb 20, 2021, at 1:56 PM, Fernando Frediani <fhfrediani at <mailto:fhfrediani at>> wrote:


>>> There are no "new rules". Where are you seening them ?


>>> People are just discussing what would be best for new Co-Chairs and and ia expected from such person in a time we are in process to choose someone new.

>>> Just understand the difference.


>> Some have been discussing new eligibility criteria for candidates. That would constitute new rules.

> Agreed. I would suggest to view that discussion as more of a "what's desirable attributes for the successful candidate". Hopefully the electorate agrees about this, and we can identify appropriate candidates and vote for them rather than based on some other criteria.


> Kind Regards,

> Jaco


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