[maemo-community] [Council] Elections Announcement

From: mentalisttraceur at gmail.com mentalisttraceur at gmail.com
Date: Sat Apr 6 18:34:33 UTC 2013
Hello Community,

The main part of this post is simplified to a few sentences. If you want 
more details, you can read the "Footnotes" section below. (For the sake of 
formatting on this mailing list, all the URLs in this post have been 
manually stripped and put at the bottom, in the "URLs" section.)

As many of you are aware, the Hildon Foundation Board of Directors has 
come to be filled with all unelected Directors. [1]

There has been some significant desire to have a reelection take place 
once the infrastructure migration issues were settled. [2]

Those infrastructure issues are now essentially settled - we are running 
on our own servers (not the interim Nemein hosting), and our volunteer 
techstaff maintains essentially all of *maemo.org. [3]

The Hildon Foundation Council has the authority to call for the elections 
of both the Council and the Board of Directors, if there is unanimous 
agreement by all members on the Council. [4]

It is the position of this Council, that this Council was always intended 
to count as the Hildon Foundation Council. And thus we have the authority 
to trigger both elections simultaneously. [5]

Furthermore, even besides this point, a careful consideration of the 
Bylaws and the timings of the resignations and appointments of Directors 
from the Board, indicates that an election should have already been 
triggered by the Bylaws themselves. [6]

Having taken all of the above into consideration, we find that the desires 
and wellbeing of the Community is best served by us calling for the 
election of both the Council and the Board [7]. We have waited until the 
last possible moment in our term to call for this election of both bodies, 
to give the Board a chance to get everything done within a reasonable 
timeframe and then call for an election in accordance to the intended 
democratic spirit of our Hildon Foundation on their own.

Thus, we hereby announce the elections for both the Hildon Foundation 
Board and the Council.

Election nominations are now open! Please send nominations to the mailing 
list maemo-community at maemo.org . Do not be afraid to nominate yourself or 
those you think are suitable for the positions. The last time we barely 
scraped together enough candidates for both Council and Board.

Voting timetable:
Referendum was Announced [URL 1]
Nomination Period for Board/Council Begins
Referendum Contemplation Period Ends
Referendum Voting Begins
Nomination Period for Board/Council Ends
Board/Council Candidate Contemplation Period Begins
Referendum Voting Ends
Board/Council Candidate Contemplation Period Ends
Board/Council Election Voting Begins
Board/Council Election Voting Ends

- Elections Eligibility Criteria -

Eligibility criteria will likely remain the same as they have been [URL 
2], in as much as feasible. There is, however, a modifying circumstance: 
*.maemo.org account registration and login has been broken for months, 
until recently; furthermore, karma is /still/ broken, with a significant 
number of members missing a significant amouht of karma.

We will manually calculate karma for candidates, so the restrictions on 
candidates are the same as they have been. However, we think it is 
infeasible to manually count the karma for every user who might be 
eligible to vote. So unless there is a serious volunteer effort to 
calculate everyone's karma by hand, we will treat all maemo.org accounts 
older than 3 months as eligible for this election only (if it comes to 
pass that karma is still broken by the next election cycle, it will be up 
to that Board/Council, and the Community then, to sort out what to do.)

If people with newer accounts think they ought to be eligible to vote (for 
example, you would have registered earlier but it was impossible to do so 
at the time because the system was broken), please contact the Council by 
either responding to this message or, preferably, by emailing 
council at maemo.org. (Please note, while we will try to process requests for 
eligibility inclusions as late as possible, we can only realistically 
guarantee that we'll manage to do it if you get it in a week before the 
vote for the referendum takes place - so before the 15th of this month.)

- Footnotes -

[1] All three of the original Directors left over time. Texrat/Randall had 
to depart early on, and Rob (originally in the non-director position of 
legal adviser) was appointed to replace him. Ivgalvez/Ivan had to leave 
because he had to relocate himself and his family from one country to 
another. Tim left shortly after Ivan due to reasons that would take longer 
to explain than appropriate for this footnote, but which can be found here 
[URL 3]. Woody and Jim were appointed to replace Ivan and Tim respectively.

[2] Thread [URL 4] where Council solicited Community opinion on the matter 
of Board re-election. Also here [URL 5], where both Jim and Woody (two of 
the current three Board members) indicate support for reelection. Also, a 
few of the Community members who come to the Council meetings on IRC have 
indicated a desire to see a re-election happen for several meetings now.

[3] We still do not have a final contract signed with Nokia, but that 
should not in itself be hindered by a reelection, because the next Board 
can sign the contract just as easily, and we are starting to suspect 
they'll get it done faster.

[4] §X ¶2 (¶3 if you count the separated-by-pagebreak paragraph as two) of 
the Hildon foundation bylaws. (The Board can also trigger an election of 
both bodies, but that's beside the point.)

[5] There was some disagreement (from one current Board member that we 
know of) whether this Council officially counts as the Hildon Foundation 
that the Bylaws refer to previous Council. The alternative would be that 
the election for electing a Council and the first Hildon Foundation Board 
members at the same time did not mean for the Council to be the Hildon 
Foundation Council. This, to be frank, is clearly not what any member of 
the Community would expect, since the Council was written in to the Hildon 
Foundation Bylaws as a way to formally include the already existing 
Council for communication with Nokia into the new, Nokia-independent 
framework. Nor is it what was intended by the person mainly responsible 
for writing the bylaws (Woody, who is currently another member of the 
Board). Finally, if the Hildon Foundation Council is not the current Maemo 
Community Council, then A. the Board has failed to appoint or call for the 
elections of a Hildon Foundation Council for 6 months, and B. this makes 
no logical sense because the election criteria for the Hildon Foundation 
are determined by the Hildon Foundation Council according to the bylaws. 
So if a Council wasn't intended to be initiated at the same time as Hildon 
Foundation Board was, how is Hildon Foundation supposed to execute an 
election of either the next Board or a Council, if there is no Council to 
set the election eligibility criteria?

[6] We only ever had 3 Directors. The bylaws state that the Board can 
spend at most seven days in a row with less than 3 directors, else an 
election has to happen. §IV ¶6 (¶7 if you count the paragraph split into 
two pages two paragraphs) of the Hildon Foundation bylaws. This has 
occured. This [URL 6] post counts the dates and times of official 
(in-writing) resignations and acceptance-of-assignment statements of 
Directors. Other earlier posts, for example by joerg, in the same thread, 
indicate that the same gap of more than 7 days applies to the informal 
resignation and acceptance statements.

[7] A more verbose/formal announcement can be seen here [URL 7], in the 
latest Council meeting.

- URLs -

[1] http://wiki.maemo.org/Community_Council/council_rules_referendum
[2] http://wiki.maemo.org/Community_Council/Election_process
[3] http://www.mwkn.net/2013/10/front.html
[4] http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=89387
[5] http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=89438
[6] http://talk.maemo.org/showpost.php?p=1329067&postcount=34
[7] http://mg.pov.lt/maemo-meeting-irclog/%23maemo-meeting.2013-04-05.log.html#t2013-04-05T22:53:09
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