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    A Proposal to Establish Member Control of the ESR

    I make this post on behalf of myself, John Paterson, and other senior members of the ESR including, Ed Mayo (edmayo), Eric Linden (soterik), Steve Shea (steve shea), Curtis Autenrieth (curtisaa), Rick Cabell (Rick Cabell), Mike Fitton (mfitton), David Rocha (RSTarga), Doug DePew (nvr2mny), Steven Schulman (69Sman), Jos Hall (jos.hall), Anthony Meija (mejia_anthony), Stephen Stuart (StephenAcworth), Mark Dowden (NZVW), Russell Hibbard (Bullethead), Seth Oestreicher (setho), Lewis Eig (blucille), Frank Torchia (71gold), Paul Xifaras (pgxif), Paul Norris (PMNorris) and Simon Beaumont (Simonjjb). Many others have also voiced their approval but were not comfortable posting their name in a public forum.

    The individuals above have approved this post and given me permission to use their names. All of us, although having differences in opinions regarding recent issues under discussion, have one thing in common: we care about the ESR and want to see it grow and prosper.

    An organization like ours is only as strong as its members. And our leadership is only as strong as those who choose to lead. We are blessed here to have a richness and diversity of membership that would be the envy of many organizations ten times our size. We, the members named above, say that it is time we harness that incredible asset for the benefit of the ESR and our members.

    We look forward to a civil and productive discussion regarding the proposal below and invite Jorge Perez, Chuck Miller, and Michael Hammond to take part.

    A Proposal to Establish Member Control of the ESR

    1. The bylaws will be amended to allow dues-paying members to vote on the ESR leadership.

    2. A new board of trustees will be established consisting of 7 directors with 3-year terms.

    3. For the initial board, the 3 current directors (Jorge Perez, Chuck Miller, and Michael Hammond) will be asked to serve an initial 2-year term. 4 new directors will be elected by the members to initial 3-year terms. All future elections will be for 3-year terms. This will ensure than there are always at least 3 directors on the board with experience in club business.

    4. President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and committee chairpersons shall be positions appointed by the Trustees at their option.

    5. The Trustees may create committees from time to time including, but not limited, to the following: Technical, Finance, Membership, and Policy. Committee chairpersons shall be appointed by and from the Trustees and all members in good standing will be eligible to serve.

    6. A new, reputation-based forum moderation policy will be established that allows forum participants to rate the posts of fellow forum participants. Future bans will be made according to a transparent moderation policy, free of potential bias, and combined with data from a reputation-based score. An appeals process will be established for all bans lasting more than 10 days.

    7. Recognizing that our previous moderation policy was imperfect, past members who have previously left the ESR either due to a disagreement with our moderators, or via a ban resulting from the previous moderation policy, will be invited to return with a clean slate under the new policy.
    Last edited by LiveFromNY; 09-12-2019 at 10:03 PM.
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