As a openSUSE member and assuming I have the privilege:
I make a motion that the openSUSE bylaws be updated to allow for
formal member petitioning. And if a formal petition supported by 10
members is submitted to the board, the board must call for a all
members vote on the matter addressed in the petition. If the matter
concerns an improper sanction or appeal of a sanction, then the
sanctioned person must be one of the petitioners.
I serve on a board. There are 2 aspects of that board that seem
relevant to the current sanction discussion:
1) A sanctioned / fined person can request a hearing where they can
interact with the board. But only once. We don't do it often and
prefer to setup meetings specifically to address the hearing, not
handle it as part of out monthly meetings. This could clearly be done
via IRC for openSUSE.
I gather the disbarred person was given the opportunity to make
his/her case to the board via emails, so I think this is equivalent,
but a more formal IRC meeting would be even better.
2) A petition signed by 10 of the members can be brought to the board
and it must be voted on by the whole! ie. if 10 members disagree with
a board action (or lack of action) they can file a petition with the
board and the board must call a full all member vote on the issue.
Obviously this makes the issue semi-public as all members have to be
informed of the issues at hand.
I don't recall this type of feature being in the openSUSE rules.
In this case, if the disbarred person feels wronged and is willing to
have the issue addressed with all openSUSE members included in the
communication, then he/she would simply need to get 9 other members to
join him/her in petitioning for an open hearing / all members vote.
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