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[activities] Comment on "mailing list policy"
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- Subject: [activities] Comment on "mailing list policy"
- From: Mary Gardiner <mary@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 8 May 2007 04:23:47 +1000
- User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)
On Mon, May 07, 2007, Zhasper wrote:
> If you'd like to comment on those changes, or to suggest further changes, I
> look forward to your post on the Activities list :)
Re "addition of a mailing list policy": the policy is not there yet so
we can't get details, but why does this need to be a *constitutional*
Things specified in our constitution are very difficult to change.
Mailing list policy, unless you're very careful not to do this, tends to
be software specific or at the very least, forum specific (ie, if SLUG,
heaven forbid, sets up a web forum at some point, you immediately have
to call an SGM to set up policy for it to go with the mailing list
policy). If you are very careful to avoid all of this, you end up with
very vaguely worded policy. If the policy is agreed to by the committee
and established outside the constitution, it can be more specific,
because it's easier to change it.
The constitution, as far as I can see, specifies:
- the process of becoming a financial member
- the process of getting voting rights (happens to be the same as being
a financial member)
- the governance via an elected committee
Unless you want to set up some system where mailing list membership
equals voting rights, surely the committee or its delegates can set up
mailing list policy without adding it to the constitution itself.