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Guest William H Holt

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Yes.  Can you be absolutely sure that those typographical changes won't bring up (reasonable) questions of interpretation some time in the future?  After all the addition of two commas in "The panda eats shoots and leaves" and "The panda eats, shoots, and leaves" drastically changes the meaning of the sentence. 

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RONR (11th ed.), p. 598, ll. 15-22:  "It was formerly customary to permit the secretary to fill in captions, headings, and article, section, or paragraph numbers or letters, and the like, after the assembly had adopted bylaws or other long documents.  Such designations were treated as mere marginal notations which could be clerically modified.  It is now the usual practice to include these sub-titles or identifying numbers or letters as an integral part of what is adopted by action of the assembly."

 

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17 hours ago, Guest William H Holt said:

If simply correcting typographic errors, it is necessary to submit the edits for a vote of the membership?  For example, correcting capitalization or adding or deleting punctuation 

 

17 hours ago, Chris Harrison said:

Yes.  Can you be absolutely sure that those typographical changes won't bring up (reasonable) questions of interpretation some time in the future?  After all the addition of two commas in "The panda eats shoots and leaves" and "The panda eats, shoots, and leaves" drastically changes the meaning of the sentence. 

A real world example: Our bylaws formerly read that the Pastor's contract with the Church could be "terminated by either themselves, or by the Church upon ninety days notice."

The fact that there is a comma after themselves, and not one after Church, led to significant disagreements during a previous Pastor's departure. Placement of commas in that sentence could mean 90 days notice is required to be given by the Pastor, and by the church, or by only one. If you simply let a person "fix" punctuation as he or she sees fit, that person could be changing your bylaws significantly.

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