WikiEducator:Community Council/Meetings/Second/Ratifying Open Community Governance Policy/Minor Points

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Minor Points

(on Ratifying Open Community Governance Policy)

WikiEducator Community Council

General responsibilities:

1st line: refer to "WikiEducator Community Council" (not just "WikiEducator Council").


Number, tenure and qualification
  • "The number of Council Members shall be twenty five (25) with a minimum requirement of eleven (11) members".
    • Possible reword: "The number of elected members shall be between seven (7) and fifteen (15)".

On first reading I was unsure whether this meant 25 with a quorum of 11 members? Or simply a Council of maximum 25 and minimum 11 members? I see later (under Meetings) a quorum is defined as "at least the majority of Council members". Is this consistent? (e.g. 10 nominated and 3 elected members would be a majority).

Similar questions apply in the next two sub-headings too: "Elected members" and "Nominated members".

I thought the nominated members process was a short-term process to deal with the WikiEducator council start-up and other special circumstances that come up. Initially, there was a need for more Council members who were not standing for election for various good reasons - Nellie was running the election, for example. This would seem to be retaining or even increasing the number nominated members. Wasn't the original intent to decrease the number of nominated members over time? Some nominated members policy is appropriate, but they were to constituent a relatively smaller number, as I recall. --Valerie Taylor 19:01, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

The number of nominated members should decrease as the WE user base and Council become more representative. I suggest retaining provision for nominated members for any time there is need to fill gaps wrt:
  1. equitable representation from the different regions of the world;
  2. equal voice for developing countries when compared to representation from industrialised countries;
  3. gender equality;
  4. representation of the interests of major funders and other stakeholders. -- Kim Tucker 14:35, 20 December 2009 (UTC)
Nominated members

"one consecutive year" = "one year"? ("consecutive" seems superfluous)


Bullet 4: change to "upholds the Commonwealth values and our Community values;" (to be consistent with the Background section earlier). If you don't want to refer to the Commonwealth explicitly, incorporate the Commonwealth values into the Community values on the WE front page (i.e. amend the WE Community values if nec.).


Typo: "nomitated" should be "nominated".


Do we need to elaborate on process now?

  • Yes, I think we should decide on the criteria for removal and develop a warning system/code of behaviour on WE. --Nellie Deutsch 08:14, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

Regular Meetings

item 4 and 7 are the same. Could item 4 be worded so it is clearer instead of " A quorum shall consist of at least the majority of Council members." could it be reworded so it is not made up of words which are opposites - at least and majority -could we instead say that more than half the elected or nominated council members are required to be present to form a quorum. --bron 08:47, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Officers of the WikiEducator Council


Do we need to specify a process (as above for Removal of WCC members)?


First sentence: "... by giving written notice Council, ..." - remove "Council, " after "notice".

K 23:11, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

Hi Kim -- all good suggestions. Thank you -- I think these should all be deferred to a Workgroup set up to revise and improve the policy. Regarding removal of members -- it would be great if Council could provide some thoughts and ideas for the workgroup to consider. --Wayne Mackintosh 04:20, 17 September 2009 (UTC)
Just shows how much work careful work needs to go into this. A work group is what we need - as Wayne suggests. Thanx Kim. savi 09:29, 17 September 2009 (UTC)


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