Posts to tb-planning about voting

R Kent James kent at
Mon Feb 15 21:29:45 UTC 2016

On 2/15/2016 12:47 PM, Wayne Mery (Thunderbird QA) wrote:
> In the interest of transparency, the normal moderation policies of 
> this list will be suspended on the subject of voting for council members.

I'd like to clarify this.

The issue here is that we are about to have a vote for the revised 
Thunderbird Council. For the vote to be legitimate, there needs to be 
some sort of free speech allowed so that people who agree or disagree 
with the proposal have an opportunity to make their case to the voting 
audience, which is the tb-planning list. Hence Wayne, as one of the 
co-moderators of the tb-planning list, agreed to mostly eliminate 
moderation to permit that free speech.

Although Wayne is suspending the moderation rules, technically it was 
not possible to actually remove moderation, so there will still be a 
delay while a moderator approves the posts prior to it appearing on the 

The planned timing for the vote did not take into account the need to 
have public discussion of the proposal prior to the vote. As there have 
been several posts about the vote, we're going to ask Gerv to allow 
several days of discussion prior to starting the vote. I'll propose a 
delay until Saturday, but ultimately it is Gerv's decision.

If you disagree with the proposal, either with the process itself or 
with the actual proposed list of candidates, your option is to vote 
against the proposal. You are also free to propose or discuss alternate 
voting methods, or alternate candidates, but realize that the path to 
see those considered is to vote down the current proposal.

share details of the voting process soon.


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