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Shmuel Gerber

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  1. Meeting location in minutes of teleconference meeting

    The understatement of the year. (Not that anyone else always does everything right, either.)
  2. Meeting location in minutes of teleconference meeting

    I agree. Including the place of the meeting in the minutes doesn't mean you need to include a copy of the key to the meeting room.
  3. Not Voting vs Abstaining

    This thread is getting silly. RONR says, "RIGHT OF ABSTENTION. Although it is the duty of every member who has an opinion on a question to express it by his vote, he can abstain, since he cannot be compelled to vote." (p. 407) Apparently this organization feels that by having a reason for all abstentions recorded in the minutes, it will discourage unnecessary abstentions. Any further speculation about how this rule might be enforced should probably await our receipt of the actual language (which will probably never happen), but I'm fairly confident that having or not having a pet llama is not a valid reason for abstaining in 99.999999999999% of all cases. I also don't think that the secretary should assume that any members abstained because they didn't want to vote. Maybe they wanted to but were just too lazy, or maybe they weren't paying enough attention when the chair put the question. Or maybe they had, you know, an actual reason.
  4. Changing a Vote by Ballot

    Nobody can disagree with that (if they know what's good for them).
  5. Forum software update

    I'm guessing that they took that away because if a post gets deleted, the numbers will no longer be valid. In the meantime, specific posts can be linked to by copying the URL that pops up when you click on the "share" icon. For example:
  6. Forum software update

    We're still working on getting the proper access to tech support, but once that is done I can try following up once more about this issue.
  7. Forum software update

    The setting is called "Someone comments on something I follow." It was only enabled recently, so existing users might still have it disabled. You can access the setting from this screen: http://robertsrules.forumflash.com/notifications/options/ Make to sure to scroll down to see all the options. Also make sure that the "Notify me of replies" option is checked in the individual topics.
  8. Forum software update

    That setting was actually enabled a few days before the forum update. How long has it been working for you?
  9. Forum software update

    In other news: To prevent the original poster from deleting topics that have already been replied to, and to prevent anyone (other than moderators) from editing old posts in a way that will invalidate the conversation or make it incomprehensible: Members can edit content only for 36 hours after posting, and only with an indication that the post has been edited. Members can no longer delete content. (If you really need to delete something that you've posted, either edit out all the content within the time limit, or use the "Report post" link and ask that the post be deleted.) Members who follow a topic should now be able to receive notifications of all replies, not just when their original post has been quoted. Secure sign-in has now been enabled. (When you sign in, it is from an https page rather than a regular http page.) Moderator messages can appear at the top of the topic page (as shown above).
  10. You may have noticed that the forum looks slightly different today. The software has been updated to the latest release. Let's hope that it has some good stuff, or at least no new bad stuff. Feel free to post comments here about any differences or problems that you encounter.
  11. Members Leaving Inc.

    It must be in that part of the ether where the excised portions of drastically edited things (bless their memory) reside.
  12. previous question in order

    Well, the member making the motion for the Previous Question has to have taken the floor to make the motion.
  13. Fix time to which to adjourn

    I agree with this, and with the rest of what Dan wrote [too long to quote it all; I can only imagine what it was like to type it ]. And thank you to Troy for raising the question. And once we're talking about what the rules should be, I don't quite see any use in ever allowing a motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn, or a motion to take an immediate recess, to be non-privileged (although under Robert's Rules they clearly can be, so this is a different level of "should" than what Dan wrote about). The assembly could end up in the absurd situation of having all of these motions pending at the same time: 1) a main motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn 2) a privileged motion to Recess 3) a privileged motion to Adjourn 4) a privileged motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn

    I don't think so. If that's what it meant, it would have said, "If action is taken to carry out action taken on such a basis . . ."
  15. Unentitled vote and status of motion

    Or here's a radical idea: maybe you should change your photo to one of yourself. :-) Actually, I would guess that except in limited circumstances, it's not even legal to use photos of famous people (or copyrighted cartoon characters, for that matter) without some sort of consent from them (or their copyright owners) or their estates.