[arin-ppml] AC term limits? (Was: Curious about consensus)

Scott Leibrand scottleibrand at gmail.com
Sun Apr 24 17:51:34 EDT 2011

On Apr 24, 2011, at 10:43 AM, Leo Bicknell <bicknell at ufp.org> wrote:

<snip lots of good insights on gauging consensus>

> It is also for these reasons I now urge those who have been on the
> AC for 2+ terms to consider stepping aside and letting someone else
> do the job.  In the hyper-policy enviornment of the AC there are a
> lot of things thrown at you the normal community might not notice.
> You'll have long discussions with other AC members about minute
> details that 90% of the community would never even care about.  It's
> very easy to let your mental "center" drift from the community's
> "center".
> That's not to say I think anyone there is doing a bad job, just
> that I think it's in the communities interest to insure we both
> never burn out some of our most passionate individuals, and also
> keep fresh perspectives going into the AC.

Have you discussed with any members of the PDP committee the
possibility of adding term limits to the PDP?  It would seem to me
that if the community (and/or the membership) decided that it was
better not to have AC members serve more than N consecutive terms
without taking at least a year off, then it would be better to make
that a rule, rather than just encouraging AC members to consider
stepping aside on their own.

One other thing to keep in mind when considering the desirability of
such a rule would be how long we expect the current abundance of
well-qualified AC candidates to continue.  Up until the last couple
years, the NomCom has always had to go looking for candidates and
encourage them to consider running for the AC.  In that sort of
environment, limiting the pool of available candidates with a term
limits rule could make it a lot harder to find enough qualified

I would also encourage anyone who feels that we need more new AC
members to help recruit the best-qualified candidates to run, and
speak up with statements of support for new candidates who you think
are well-qualified and would bring helpful new perspectives to the AC.


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