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Old 05-01-2008, 05:46 PM
"Paul W. Frields"
Default Fedora Board appointments, elections

Currently the Board has four community-elected seats and five appointed
seats. As previously announced[1], starting with the elections
following the release of Fedora 9, the Fedora Board will consist of five (5)
community-elected seats and four (4) Red Hat-appointed seats. Red Hat may
appoint employees or volunteers as desired, and the community may elect
Red Hat employees (who are free to run for election) or volunteers.

A Fedora Board election occurs within 30 days following each release of
Fedora. Because there are an odd number of members (nine), the
preferred method is to turn over[2] five seats after an odd-numbered
release, and the remaining four seats after an even-numbered release.

However, there's been some drift due to attrition. In this election,
according to the schedule, we're supposed to turn over three appointed
seats and four elected seats, or seven of our nine members! That's not
very helpful from a continuity standpoint, so I'm proposing we do the
following for Fedora 9:

1. Make the new elected seat a half-term seat for this release. I propose
that seat be filled with the person receiving the fourth highest vote
total in the general Board election.

2. Extend the term for one appointed seat. The Board will decide
through discussion and consensus whose term will be extended.

This correction results in the next election cycle having two appointed
seats and two elected seats turning over, putting us back on a more
predictable schedule.

= = =
[1] https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-announce-list/2008-April/msg00011.html
[2] Keep in mind "turn over" here does not mean forcibly ousting anyone,
just making the seat available. Any Board member may be re-appointed or
run for re-election.

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