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

Eduardo Gutentag wrote:
> 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"? ;-)
In many organizations, members who do not respond to an email vote
are counted as "not present".   An email response of "abstain" is 
counted as present for quorum calculations, but the abstain vote,
once quorum is met in the responses, is not counted and the
majority of returned non abstain votes are required to pass the motion.

Is this not the same at OASIS TCs.

Tom Rutt
wsrm TC chair

> 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 Wood, Chair, Entity Resolution TC 
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