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Subject: Re: [chairs] IMPORTANT: need to set up your membership rosters


Let's review what membership means. TC members are the eligible people 
(OASIS members) who have signed up to join the TC and are maintaining 
their membership through regular attendance. These are the people who 
are allowed to participate in the TC discussions and vote on TC 
decisions. We're providing these new tools to help you, as a chair, 
administer this. By defining a new class of people (a contributing 
observer) and tweaking the tools to support this class of person you're 
circumventing the TC Process and essentially throwing away any benefit 
that the tools can provide you.

Can't we just leave it at members and observers? If someone wants to 
contribute then they should become a member. Or use the public comment 
list to send comments to the TC.


Jeff Kenton wrote:
> Karl Best wrote:
>> Jeff:
>> You're going to screw up other functionality if you call an observer a 
>> member. Only TC members should have the Member role. (And if someone 
>> is a long-time observer, and wants to contribute -- or at least you 
>> want them to be able to post messages, why don't they become a member?)
>> -Karl
> Well, as others have said, I need to be able to distinguish between 
> long-time contributors who have chosen not to be elevated to voting 
> status (2 of them, at present) and 40 other lurkers who are listed as 
> observers.
> There's a tension here between me screwing up the software, and the 
> software screwing me up.  We need to have some way of distinguishing 
> between non-voting contributors and lurkers.

Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
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karl.best@oasis-open.org      http://www.oasis-open.org

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