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Re: [802SEC] +++SEC EMAIL BALLOT+++ Email Ballot: Motion for WG Initial membership interpretation

Paul -

I believe that what we are being asked for here is to interpret what the current membership rules mean; not what they should mean, or what we might like them to mean in the future, or to second guess their intent. It is my view that the proposed interpretation does not properly reflect what the current rules mean, and that (as I have previously indicated) the only part of the current rules on membership that is not ambiguous, or contradictory, or open to conflicting interpretation, or just plain absurd, is the part that states that the Chair has the discretion to grant membership.

That being the case, I have to vote "disapprove".


At 20:23 14/04/2003 -0400, Paul Nikolich wrote:

Dear SEC,

This is a 15 day SEC email ballot on a Motion to Interpret the LMSC P&P rule on Working Group Initial Membership as moved by Mat Sherman and seconded by Geoff Thompson.

The email ballot opens on Monday April 14, 2003 9PM EDT and closes Thursday April 29, 2003 9PM EDT.

Please direct your responses to the SEC reflector with a CC directly to me (


--Paul Nikolich
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2003 5:57 PM
Subject: Motion for WG Initial membership interpretation



I wish to formally make a motion concerning the interpretation of the current initial membership rules.  The motion I would like to make is as follows:




"Motion that until the P&P revision titled "WG membership" being balloted starting March 27th, 2003 is completed (estimated to occur at the end of the July 2003 IEEE 802 Plenary meeting) the line in the LMSC P&P section titled "Retention" reading:

’Membership is retained by participating in at least two of the last four Plenary session meetings.’

Should be interpreted as reading:

’Membership is retained by participating in at least two of the last four Plenary sessions. (An individual who attains membership by participation and attendance at the first meeting of a new Working Group is assumed to have the right to retain that membership by the granting of credit for 'full virtual attendance' at the plenary session that would be immediately previous to the first working group plenary session.)’”




Geoff Thompson helped develop this motion, and has agreed to second it.  Note that based on recent discussions it is somewhat different than the motion I said I would first make on the reflector.  This motion maximally protects the voting rights of initial members by ensuring retention of their rights through the first 4 plenary sessions.  We believe this is the motion that has the greatest chance of success.  If this fails, we may want make a second motion which we would want to complete before the end of the upcoming wireless interim session.  Since the motion is reasonably concise we would prefer a 15 day ballot period for this interpretation to allow time for a second round if needed.





Matthew Sherman
Vice Chair, IEEE 802
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