Re: [802SEC] Interpretation on whether or not a Letter of Intent is required for WG/TAG membership
To me, something optional means something that may or may not be
required. It is not even clear from the text that it must consistently
applied, but I think that is the better and wiser way if the requirement
What is missing however is the purpose of the "letter of intent". It
seems to me that the letter should both request membership AND commit to
fulfill the obligations of membership, like voting on letter/email ballots.
> Paul Nikolich wrote:
> Dear EC members,
> There has been confusion about whether or not a 'letter of intent' to
> a WG/TAG Chair is required prior to obtaining WG/TAG membership per
> 126.96.36.199 in the LMSC P&P. This is due to the paranthetical use of
> "(optionally)". See 188.8.131.52 below.
> Is a letter required or not? Not clear. This email serves as an
> interpretation from the LMSC chair to eliminate the ambiguity.
> My interpretation is that in 184.108.40.206the use of "(optionally)" means
> that the WG or TAG chair may require a letter of intent prior to
> granting membership, as long as the policy is applied uniformly to all
> potential members. The Chair / P&P for a WG / TAG may also chose to
> grant membership without such a letter and such a policy shall be
> applied uniformly within the WG.
> --Paul Nikolich
> 220.127.116.11 Establishment
> All persons participating in the initial meeting of the Working Group
> become members of the Working Group. Thereafter, membership in a
> Working Group is established by participating in the meetings of the
> Working Group at two out of the last four Plenary sessions, and
> (optionally) a letter of intent to the Chair of the Working Group.
> Participation is defined as at least 75% presence at a meeting.
> Membership starts at the third Plenary session attended by the
> participant. One duly constituted interim Working Group or task group
> meeting may be substituted for the Working Group meetings at one of
> two Plenary sessions (See 18.104.22.168 Meetings and Participation).
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