Community Council/Meetings/Third/Approval of agenda

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The background for the motion is posted in this section with relevant links to any background papers, wiki pages or notifications on the main WikiEducator lists.

The notification and agenda for the Third Community Council meeting was posted on 26 March 2010 on the Community Council list. Additions to the agenda have been received and posted as well as the opportunity for pre-meeting discussions on the wiki.

Draft concept for motion

The draft concept for a motion is entered here drawing on the pre-meeting discussions. Due to the asynchronous nature of our meeting, it is standard practice to allow a reasonable period of time (usually 24 to 36 hours) from the time when the draft concept is posted in the wiki to when the motion is formerly tabled. This drafting phase is needed for the wiki format of the meeting. In this way, we avoid unnecessary motions to amend the tabled motions resulting from ambiguity or lack of clarity in the wording of the original tabled motion.

As Chair, I cannot formerly table a motion and request that a member in attendance propose the approval of the agenda for this meeting. Once the motion has been tabled, we will need a second and voting can commence. You can consider the following motion for tabling the motion:

"I move that the agenda for this meeting is approved." * Christine Geith 12:46, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

Discussion on draft motion

The discussion of the draft motion is intended to refine the text for a tabled motion to avoid ambiguity and to improve clarity of the motion before requesting the assembly to consider tabling the motion.
  • I think that Chris meant to move to approve the agenda, but perhaps got it in the wrong box (above, instead of below)? I went ahead and seconded on this presumption. Ahrash Bissell 04:46, 27 April 2010 (UTC)
Ahrash -- well spotted :-). I concur that Chris inadvertently posted the motion to approve the agenda under the wrong subsection. I've taken the liberty of copying her post to the correct subsection. Thanks. --Wayne Mackintosh 05:13, 27 April 2010 (UTC)


A motion is formally tabled by a member of the meeting once rough consensus is achieved through discussion of the draft concept for the motion above. The mover should table the text for the motion below, for example "I move that ....." Remember to sign the motion.
  • "I move that the agenda for this meeting is approved." * Christine Geith 12:46, 27 April 2010 (UTC)


A second is required to indicate that the motion should come before the meeting. The second should sign below. Seconding a motion does not necessarily indicate support of the motion, it is an agreement that the motion should come before the assemble. Voting can commences once a motion is before the meeting. At this point the chair will place the motion under the "Active: Please discuss and vote" section of the home page for the meeting.

Discussion on tabled motion

This is the area where points, clarifications and discussions on the motion take place once the motion is formerly tabled and seconded above. This discussion is not restricted to Council members --any WikiEducator may add their views.


WikiEducator Council uses an open ballot where members of Council are required to cast their votes or abstentions publicly in the wiki. Voting can commence once a formal tabled motion has been seconded. The votes of Council members in attendance are counted to determine the outcome in accordance with the majority provisions for the particular motion.



  • List votes for disapproval here and sign


  • Any abstentions must be listed here


The outcome of the vote is posted by the Chair in accordance with the majority requirements of the motion being tabled. Once a motion is approved, not approved or put on hold, this is updated on the home page of the meeting.

A majority of the Council has voted to approve this motion. This motion has been approved. (For the record --- additional votes are always welcome) --Wayne Mackintosh 20:54, 27 April 2010 (UTC)