[Framework-Team] Re: Plone 2009: Going from here

Ricardo Newbery ric at digitalmarbles.com
Wed May 13 00:37:53 UTC 2009

On May 12, 2009, at 4:23 PM, Steve McMahon wrote:

> Ideally, a framework team should have an odd number of members in
> order to avoid tie votes. However, in watching the last couple of
> voting sessions for Plone 3, I noticed that there were not that many
> PLIPS on which every person voted. So, I think the 'odd number' rule
> of thumb isn't really that important.

<parliamentary pedantry mode on>

Of course an 'odd number' usually only becomes important if something  
contentious is on the table which can easily result in all members  
casting votes.

Since most groups define majority approval as "greater than half", a  
split vote means it fails.  The problem arises when a proposal can be  
legitimately worded in either the affirmative or the negative.  So in  
the case of a split vote, the same proposed action can either pass or  
fall just by stating it in a different form.

In the case of PLIPs, there seems to be an unofficial rule that they  
are always worded in the affirmative as a proposal to change the  
status quo.  As long as that rule is enforced and these are the only  
votes ever solicited then an 'odd number' rule is probably superfluous.

<parliamentary pedantry mode off>


Any guesses on how I wasted my college years?  ;-)

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