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Re: [802SEC] Do we operate under our own rules, or not (again)

I would start by looking at this from an 802 perspective since the 
802 Rules supercede any Working Group rules.

The 802 rules say: "There are two types of votes in the Working 
Group. These are votes at meetings and votes by letter ballot." It 
then says "The letter ballot response time must be at least forty 
days." So I don't believe that a five-day WG vote by email is in 
accordance with the 802 rules.

In a similar situation, I suspect that 802.16 would have gone forward 
with a "Task Group Review" of the draft. This would look a lot like a 
letter ballot, but it wouldn't ask for approval or disapproval and 
there would be no participation requirement. We've done this many 
times, and it usually gives us comments that are as good as those 
we'd get in a letter ballot.


>Since I didn't see any traffic on this previously, I will post it again to
>see if it is any more successful this time.
>Now that the 802.11g fiasco is behind us by a day or two, would you quote
>from the 802.11 operating rules exactly where you derived the authority to
>craft a motion, without a second, and send it to the WG for 5-day email
>ballot?  My personal opinion is that there is no authority for such an
>action in our rules.  Thus, the 5-day ballot and the current 40-day ballot
>on TGg are both in violation of the operating rules of 802.11.
>I believe that it is crucial that we operate under the EXISTING operating
>rules.  If there are areas of the rules that cause some chafing, then there
>are procedures defined within the operating rules, to modify the rules.
>Those procedures are lengthy, to prevent changing the rules frivolously.
>Just because something appears to be popular, or has several large companies
>with vested interests pushing for it, is not a reason to operate in
>violation of the rules. 
>I would like to discuss this on the SEC reflector, because I think that the
>experience of the other members of the SEC can provide some valuable insight
>into how issues of this type have been dealt with in the past.
>  -Bob
>Bob O'Hara
>Black Storm Networks
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