Talk:Chapter-selected Board seats

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Private call for (self) nominations from the communityEdit

What does it actually mean?--Yaroslav Blanter 08:00, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

That people would be able to put forward their own name, rather than be nominated by someone else or through a chapter. You (Yaroslav) would simply tell whomever it is that is organizing the process "I wish to be a board member".--BradPatrick 13:40, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
Thanks. Does it mean the words "Private call for" are actually void?--Yaroslav Blanter 14:07, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
What I meant by "private" was that the nominations are sent to "the chapters" via email (say) rather than in a public way like onwiki. pfctdayelise 23:48, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, now it is clear.--Yaroslav Blanter 07:41, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Chapters nominate and chapters selectEdit

If the task is for chapters to decide, who is filling two seats on the board, the most straightforward approach would be that chapters nominate candidates and chapters vote on the nominees. How about this approach:

  • each chapter can, but ist not required to name a candidate
  • chapters who do not name a candidate, can join the nomination of another chapter or abstain
  • the two candidates with the highest number of nominations are selected to the board

That would be a fairly simple and efficient system that would not be hindered by the fact that chapters, so far, have not been connecting very much. sebmol ? 09:03, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Do not be surprised then that after all the chapters will be formed, the two elected candidates will be consistently Spanish-speaking.--Yaroslav Blanter 09:21, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
I suspect this approach would just lead to smoke filled rooms type of dealing. Nobody would nominate, before they had ample knowledge they had (discreetly aquired) support from enough chapters... -- Cimon Avaro 09:25, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
I would expect that chapters would talk to each other before nominating a candidate. That's an intentional feature of this proposal because one of the goals IMO should be that the candidates are supported by as many chapters as possible (broad range of support). Whether any smoke-filled rooms or merely phones and e-mails are involved, is a minor matter.
How each chapter decides on its nominee is a matter best left to each chapter. For some, it may be sensible to have something like a primary where the members choose the nominee. For others, it may be a decision made solely by the board. For yet others, it may be something in between. sebmol ? 10:08, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
Wouldn't be simpler when nominations are done freely by chapters - then nomminnes would be advertised (who they are, why he/she seems to be good candidate etc.) and then chapters would vote as they wish - ie. one chapter may decide to organise internal elections and other can decide to vote by board only. I think such the system would more clear and there won't be any "secret coalitions". Polimerek 11:54, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Since the electorate (the chapters) is fairly small, having some structured means for nominating candidates would be sensible. Otherwise, there's a strong likelihood that there will be close to as many nominees as there will be chapters. We would have to run several votes with eliminations so that at some point there are two candidates with broard enough support to be appointed to the board. A system where chapters talk to each other and bring forward nominees jointly decreases the number of vote runs and public bickering an unstructured election process would doubtlessly produce. sebmol ? 13:52, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
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