[Council Meeting] Meeting notes from 2019-08-22

Wayne Mery vseerror at lehigh.edu
Thu Sep 19 17:55:42 UTC 2019

I've been on many boards and I can tell you that most operate on this 

There is of course downside to having just 4 members constitute a 
quorum. But

a) there's nothing  to prevent members exercising common courtesy in 
delaying votes on exceptionally big issues to a day where most/more 
members are available to vote - if time allows
b) on big issues, we have often already discussed the ramifications and 
each member made their POV known, which allows for influencing the votes 
of other members
c) we are an international group across several time zones -with that 
complication and our personal lives, if the number was increased to say 
5 or 6 members, then we'd not be able to vote and act at many of our 
meetings.   That said, you can see by our minutes that we often have 5-6 
members per meeting

As for this August meeting where only four were present we expect that 
during summer (and various holiday period), and points a and b above are 

On 9/19/2019 10:57 AM, Tanstaafl wrote:
> No one else sees this as a concern?
> On Fri Aug 30 2019 09:53:17 GMT-0400 (Eastern Standard Time), Tanstaafl
> <tanstaafl at libertytrek.org> wrote:
>> On Thu Aug 29 2019 10:04:14 GMT-0400 (Eastern Standard Time), ba
>> <ba at pep-project.org> wrote:
>>> The Council at the time of the call consists of 7 seat holders without
>>> deputies. In order to be quorate for voting, the call needs to have 1/2
>>> of the Council members, which gives 4. The meeting is quorate. From now
>>> on, motions can be passed with the agreement of a simple majority of
>>> those present. The majority threshold is currently 4.
>> I'm a little concerned about this.
>> Shouldn't there be some kind of limit to what the 'majority threshold'
>> can do?
>> Meaning, shouldn't larger questions require a full vote of all 7 members?
>> It is after all the age of the internet, it isn't like it is some kind
>> of huge hardship for someone to be notified when an important vote is
>> pending, and allow them to vote remotely.
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