Approval of the Minutes of the Second Council Meeting

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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 WikiEducator Community Council conducts its meetings openly and transparently in the wiki. Therefore the wiki pages of the previous meeting constitute the minutes of the meeting, obviating the need for a separate set of minutes.

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 of the meeting, in accordance with meeting procedure, I prefer not to propose motions from the chair. Therefore, I request that an attendee of the meeting to consider tabling a motion for approval of the minutes. Wayne Mackintosh 03:03, 25 April 2010 (UTC). A proposer could use the following text:

"I move that the meeting approve the minutes of the Second Community Council Meeting" <insert signature here>.

Once a motion has been formely tabled, an attendee of the meeting will need to second the motion by signature under the relevant subheading. Once a motion has been seconded, voting on the motion can commence.

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.


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 meeting approve the minutes of the Second Community Council Meeting--Vkizza 11:18, 25 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 assembly. Voting can commence 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.

Wayne, are you sure we need to actually VOTE on the motion to accept the minutes or for this particular one we just accept it as it is after it is seconded. Clarification rested. If we need to, no problem, i shall vote. --Victor P. K. Mensah 09:52, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

Hi Victor good question. Given that we conduct our meetings asynchronously and our commitment to transparent meeting process, I think for record keeping purposes it is prudent to vote on the approval of the minutes. An interesting technical point -- consulting Robert's rules of order, there is no requirement under parliamentary procedure that a Council member is required to be present at the previous meeting in order to propose, second or vote on the approval of minutes. Therefore, I think its good practice for us to vote on the approval of minutes. On a lighter vain -- voting on a procedural issue like this helps refresh our memory on the wiki process regarding how we conduct our meetings ;-) --Wayne Mackintosh 22:21, 26 April 2010 (UTC)
Thanks Wayne. Good explanation. Its ok by me. --Victor P. K. Mensah 12:36, 27 April 2010 (UTC)


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 20:51, 27 April 2010 (UTC)