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Well, if it can be of some use, I can give some history here, as I was around when the recoprocal rights were created.
A long time ago, some TAGs had attendance problems because people would not attend them in fear of losing their voting rights in their WG. To alleviate this and allow the interested people to atend the TAGs and not lose thier voting rights in their WG, reciprocal attendance credit was created. This allows a user to attend a TAG and log their attendance in their WG, such as to be able to participate in a TAG and maintain thier voting rights in their WG. Chairs determine the TAG pertinence to the their WG by deciding to allow for reciprocal attendance credits between said TAG and their WG. Now thats it for the historical reasons for the reciprocal attendance credits. After that, TAGS were eliminated and called working groups... so now, chairs can create reciprocal rights between and WGs.
In my opinion, "a" is the correct answer right now, although "b" is an interesting alternative which would greatly simplfy things, i.e. once you have acquired votingrights in one group, visiting another group with recpropcal voting rights would allow you to maintain your voting rights in the first group and would eliminate the "home group juggling" from one meeting to the next. It would not change things in the manner of what can be done, it would just simplify things by automating them rather than requiring the particiapnt to keep a record, session by session, of where to direct their reciprocal attendance and would simplify the software by removing confusing/cryptic questions. In any case, if one wants to mainting their voting rights in their home WG, they should concentrate their presence into a single WG during the entire week, thereby, the question asked at every single 2 hour period is annoying at best, outright confusing to newbies trying to use the attednance system. I think if "a" is maintained as the right choice, something could be done to ask the "home group" question once for the entire week, and leave it at that.
Just my 2 cents worth,
Ivan Reede, vice chair, 802.19
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