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SEC Rules Change Ballot---Nikolich=DISAPPROVE

Altough I appreciate Bill's attempt to improve the accuracy and precision
of this part of the rules, I vote Disapprove on this rules change--mainly
because it buries the original intent of the change and became too

Remember, the original intent (going back to Nov. 1998!) of this rules
change was to SIMPLY reduce the turn around time for letter ballots and
recirculation ballots (to 35 and 15 days from 40 and 20 respectively) to
account for the lower latency of electronic balloting.  

All the other text has been introduced as a result of a secondary issue;
clarifying the definition and constraints of voting at meetings versus
letter ballots.

Given the pace of technology development in our industry, the pressure
improve the speed of the standards development process has increased.
Hence we need to reduce the turn around time of our ballots (while
maintaining high quality) immediately.  I suggest we decouple the reduction
of ballot turn around time from the other issues and focus on changing only
that part of the rule.  

Furthermore, I suggest we reduce letter ballot time to 30 days and
recirculation ballot time to 10 days.


--Paul Nikolich

At 12:10 PM 2/20/00 -0500, Paul Nikolich wrote:
>Many of us are delinquent (myself included) in casting our votes on the
>rules change ballot issued by Bill Lidinsky in November (see below).
>Please review the suggested rules change and cast your ballot immediately.
>The following members of the SEC have already voted:  Bob Love (dis), Roger
>Marks (dis), Geoff Thompson (dis)--everybody else, please vote!!!
>>Date: Fri, 12 Nov 1999 04:05:17 -0600
>>From: Bill Lidinsky <>
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>>At the SEC meeting in Kauai on Thursday 11 November 1999 the SEC 
>>approved submitting this IEEE 802 Operating Rules change to ballot.
>>The proposed Rules Change deals with changes to the process for voting 
>>procedures for a Working Group on procedural issues and technical 
>>issues at 802 Plenaries, interim Working Group meetings, and in 
>>between Plenary meetings.  The changes involve the following sections:
>> Chair's Function
>> Voting on Technical Issues
>>In addition there are minor changes to two other sections so that they 
>>refer to the above two sections correctly.  These two other sections 
>>3.6.1 Initiation of Proposed Rules Changes
>>  Rights
>>Attached is a pdf file showing the relevant clauses of the latest P802 
>>Operating Rules (November 1998) with the changes indicated.  
>>Strikethrough text is deleted.  Underlined text is added.  All other 
>>text is as it exists in the current rules document. This text was 
>>presented and discussed at a P802 Operating Rules meeting on Sunday 
>>night, 7 November 1999 in Kauai at the beginning of the 802 Plenary.  
>>It was further iterated upon during the week of the plenary.  This 
>>proposed rule change represents the output of this process.
>>This ballot opens on 12 November 1999.  It will close 30 days before 
>>beginning of the March 802 plenary (Friday 4 February 2000).
>>For your reference the current 802 rules URL is
>>    ""
>>          Please vote early and often, 
>>          Bill Lidinsky, 802.1 Chair
>>          630-840-8067
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