[OOTB-hive] [GOV] Draft by-laws

Richard Esplin richard.esplin at alfresco.com
Wed Sep 3 06:17:25 BST 2014

I really like the draft of by-laws.

However, I am still concerned by the restriction that prevents employees of 
Alfresco from voting.

I understand the concern about independence, but I also think it is de-
motivating that an Alfresco employee could contribute to the Order and not be 
able to participate on decisions involving their efforts.

So I propose a compromise.

Alfresco employees would vote in their committees, but not in a general 
membership vote. I think anyone actively contributing on a committee should be 
treated equally with other members of the committee. But if a committee issue 
is impactful enough or divisive enough to require a broad membership vote, 
then Alfresco employees would not participate in that vote.

This would require removing "committe vote" from the first sentence in the 
section on "Voting Members". The section on "Non-Voting Members" would need an 
additional sentence like "Non-Voting Members who are members of committees may 
vote equally with other members of their committees on subjects restricted to 
the affairs of those committees of which they are a member, but are not counted 
in general votes."

Does this address everyone's concerns?


On Tuesday, September 02, 2014 23:10:39 Jeff Potts wrote:
> Hi Bees,
> I've drafted a rough set of by-laws. I am trying to keep it short--it is
> primarily focused on how we are organized, how board elections work, how
> voting works, and voting eligibility.
> https://github.com/OrderOfTheBee/gov/blob/master/bylaws.md
> A lot of it is repeat from my original "organizing ourselves" email with
> some feedback from that thread folded in (a longer voting period, for
> example).
> The document is purposefully free of mission/vision/strategy statements,
> specific committee names, or anything that needs to be fungible.
> I'll give everyone some time to digest this and suggest feedback, then when
> it seems like we're close to something we can agree on we'll put it to a
> formal vote.
> I would like to have these ratified before Alfresco Summit so if you have
> feedback, don't sit on it.
> Jeff

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