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

Scott Leibrand scottleibrand at gmail.com
Sun Apr 24 20:15:07 EDT 2011

Yeah, looks like it would require a change to Article VI Section 4 of
the bylaws to change the current rule that AC members "may be elected
to serve multiple terms."

Not sure if any of the other PDP changes being considered would also
require bylaws changes, or if this would be a different animal, but it
seems like something that should at least be considered when deciding
how the PDP should work.  (And I'm guessing it is already being
considered along with everything else.)


On Apr 24, 2011, at 5:00 PM, Martin Hannigan <hannigan at gmail.com> wrote:

> Is this really a PDP issue over a by-law change?
> On Sun, Apr 24, 2011 at 5:51 PM, Scott Leibrand <scottleibrand at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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
>> candidates.
>> 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.
>> -Scott
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