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Subject: Re: [chairs] Re: Quorum required for good standing

Isn't it a given that those who don't send their vote in are
never abstaining but rather "too busy" or "behind in their email"? ;-)

Pls don't read my words as if I were supporting the "doesn't count"
crowd. I'm just the messenger.

On Wed, 2003-02-19 at 09:47, Lauren Wood wrote:
> [I cut down the CC list assuming everyone is on the chairs mailing 
> list - L]
> On 18 Feb 2003 at 22:44, Eduardo Gutentag wrote:
> > 
> > That may be true in theory, but in the practice, when in a 20 person TC
> > an email vote elicits 2 yes votes and 1 no vote and the rest either
> > send "I abstain" messages or none at all, people are quite reluctant
> > to consider the matter settled in favor of the motion. Most would say,
> > and have said, that the vote doesn't and shouldn't count.
> If everyone else abstains or can't be bothered voting, doesn't that 
> mean they don't care about the result of that vote? So why shouldn't 
> it count? I could see saying that a certain percentage of the TC must 
> vote in one of the three ways, which would imply if you don't care 
> what the result is you must explicitly say you don't care by 
> abstaining. How is this different to the common "if no objections, 
> it's carried"? 
> Lauren
> --
> Lauren Wood, Chair, Entity Resolution TC 
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