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datahead has requested to hold a General Discussion (GD). For those of
you who have not yet attended one (well, there has only been one yet),
see further below.
This email is to find the agenda of the 2nd GD. PLEASE MAKE SUGGESTIONS
FOR THE SCHEDULE now so that we can handle as many topics as
possible. Having the entire team available in chat is a rare
opportunity, so make use of the situation BY SUBMITTING AGENDA
SUGGESTIONS. Simply reply to this post on the ML or the forum to make an
Furthermore, we need to find a date for the GD. Remember that the last
GD took over 3 hours, so before making a suggestion ensure you really
have time at that day. While everyone can make a suggestion on the date,
please respect that the suggestions made by the TSC team members are
more likely to be accepted as those are the people making the final
decisions, and hence need to be available.
Note that §5 VotR mandates that at least two weeks have to pass between
the final agenda announcement and the actual GD. Holding the GD
immediately after laying down the schedule would have been a bad idea
anyway. People need to prepare.
As a difference to the last GD, datahead has suggested to prepare the GD
by publically submitting documents prior to it. I think this is a good
idea; maybe it allows to go through the meeting more quickly then last
time if everybody is well-prepared. To submit a document, please email
it in PDF format to the ML or to datahead or me. We will upload the
document to the TSC-documents repository then so it is available for
everyone. The document thereby is assigned a number, so you can easily
reference it if you want to write up a reply.
Documents can be used to lay down basic facts or to outline a long and
complex argument which might not be possible in the hastiness of
speaking live. When speaking, you should still give a short summary of
your main arguments, though.
Please only submit documents that actually relate to a topic on the
agenda. If necessary, request your topic to be taken to the agenda
first. Nobody has time to read through wealths of documents about topics
that will not even be covered in the meeting.
Two weeks before the GD there will be a document submission
deadline. Documents submitted after this deadline are ignored. This is
to give people time to read through all of them.
What is a GD?
A General Discussion is a scheduled IRC meeting of the entire TSC team and
a means to intensely discuss and subsequently vote on difficult
topics. Of course, anybody interested is invited to join and bring
forward his point of view and his arguments, even if he is not a member
of the TSC team, but allowed to finally vote are, in accordance with the
voting rules, only members of the team.
The discussion is moderated and follows a previously layed down
agenda. For each of the topics on the agenda, everyone who has announced
it previously will speak on it. IRC voicing is used to ensure the
speaker will not be interrupted; while he speaks, questions can of
course be submitted which will then be answered once he is done. When
all speakers have finished, open discussion starts (i.e. the IRC voicing
restriction is released). After that, a voting is held if it is
impossible to reach a consent.
There will be a more detailed announcement of the precedure prior to the
GD, so don’t worry if you didn’t fully understand how it works. To get
an impression, take a look at the last GD’s announcement and the
actual log of the discussion. In any case, be prepared to spend a lot
of time on it -- the last GD took over 3 hours, with only a 15 minute
TSC project lead.
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