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|James (and Adrian too, of course)-|
Thanks for your response.
My thinking on this issue has evolved a little so my reactions mixed in below may not exactly match what I asserted earlier.---------- This email is sent from the 802 Executive Committee email reflector. This list is maintained by Listserv.
My thinking is (not surprisingly) rooted in 802.3 WG ballot voting practice. The foundation principal in .3 rules (from before there were any 802 rules) was that WG ballot was "practice for Sponsor Ballot". Therefore, if there was any procedural issue in balloting, we looked to SA practice to resolve the issue. In that vein, the balloting group on 802.3 standards has always been fixed at those who were Working Group voters at the opening date of the ballot. This was usually (but not necessarily) the membership at the close of the previous plenary.
Under this system, the affiliation for record purposes would also be fixed at the opening of WG ballot. This has never been an issue in .3 so it has never been stressed or tested. I can imagine how it could be possible for it to be a problem (e.g. an acquisition after initial ballot but before recircs) but we haven't run into that.
I don't think the rules address this. I would have no trouble going either way, that is:
- An individual voter is relieved of his obligation to vote individually. If he wishes he can input his comments and weight on the vote to the ONE vote that the SIG is entitled to cast. (This is, after all, how it is done in entity balloting)
- An individual voter still has his obligation to vote individually. It is just that his individual comments and votes will be entered as coming from an OBSERVER rather than as from a VOTER when the ballot return stats are generated.
The most important aspect of this is that the WG Chair makes the decision on which way to do this and communicates it clearly to the entire WG before the opening of Initial WG Ballot.
I agree. I actually think this is a necessary simplification of the process. If you allow the balloting group to change during ballot you have the potential for many more decision points within the ballot cycle which, in turn, opens up many more opportunities for filing an appeal. This seems like a bad idea.
This is a non-issue with a fixed balloting group. See above.