[Ambassadors] EMEA: Preliminary Statutes

Jeroen van Meeuwen kanarip at kanarip.com
Mon Jan 21 00:27:10 UTC 2008

Thomas Canniot wrote:
> Hi,
> I read the stautes and as promised here are my coments about them.
> In France, so as to avoid maybe misimpretation, we are used to definded terms in a 0 article. For example, we define Fedora, Open Source Software, mail (postal mail or email?), GNU/Linux, meeting, vote, signature (handwriting or not?) so as they can't be any misunderstanding while reading the statutes. The purpose is as well to avoit problems. For example, if you send e-mail to ask people to join a major meeting, with the vote of the board for example, and that it is mentionned in the statutes that a postal mail will be sent to ask people to come to the meeting, the meeting and all its content could be canceled because the statutes were not respected. Just my 2 cents.
> 4.1 "written request" > if someday you decide to permit people to fill an online formular on the web to subscribe to the association, their application won't be valid. Don't go into details like this, or define that "written" means for you that you assume it is also "written" when you fill up a form on da web.
> Same for 4.3
> I see ntohing to add but at the 8.4 article. You should describe the tasks of the members of the board. What does the president, the vice president, the treasurer and the secretary do ? In fact, always the same, if some people became inactive, he could not be dismissed because of his inaction, as the statutes do not tell what he has to do.
> We had this problem in a lug in the North of France... this was damn crap.
> I don't like this idea of quorum ...  it could also prevent the association to work fluently in the future. If people don't come to the meeting, nor expresses any word about it, it is their problem, and the association should not suffer from it. 7.4
> I think that's all :)

Hi Thomas,

thank you for these very constructive comments. Some of these concerns I 
had, too (especially the "written" statements or empowering someone else 
to cast your vote and whether those votes had to be cast with the 
members being physically present at some location or that they could be 
submitted over a web-interface or email or IRC possibly).

Others, please reply with your comments as I'll be watching this thread 
very closely and adjust the Statutes with some of the additions Thomas 
made unless I hear otherwise.

Kind regards,

Jeroen van Meeuwen

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