GCD Board Votes - 2010

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January 2010

(No votes closed in January 2010)

February 2010

Repurpose gcd-main

The following motion has passed with 6 members voting in favor, 2 voting against and 1 member abstaining:

  • In favor: Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Ray Bottorff, Jr., Peter Croome, Lionel English, Tony Rose
  • Against: Ralf Haring, Lou Mazzella
  • Abstain: Matt Gore

That gcd-main be repurposed from being a general discussion list for all GCD business to focusing on the actual data and other comics-related material and discussions, plus basic requests for help and clarification. All current subscribers shall remain subscribed unless they choose to change their own status. All mailing list settings (archiving, membership permissions, etc.) shall be left unchanged. The name of the list may be reconsidered at a later date, but shall be left unchanged at this time. Any discussion of rules or operational details beyond what is needed to clearly answer a question shall no longer be an appropriate topic for the list. In particular, as soon as an attempt to answer a question becomes controversial, it must move to the gcd-admin list as specified in the motion establishing that list. An announcement of the change of purpose of gcd-main shall be posted to gcd-main, gcd-chat, gcd-tech and gcd-editor.

Moved by Henry Andrews, seconded by Peter Croome, voting period: 2010-01-29 - 2010-02-05

GCD-Admin Mailing List (gcd-policy)

The following motion has passed with 5 members voting in favor and 4 against:

  • In favor: Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Peter Croome, Lionel English, Matt Gore
  • Against: Ray Bottorff, Jr., Ralf Haring, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose

That the GCD create a new mailing list, tentatively called "gcd-admin" but subject to change before its creation at the will of the membership without need for further board action, for the express purpose of debating and resolving questions of day-to-day operations.

The mailing list shall be open to anyone who would like to join, but no members shall be subscribed automatically.

The mailing list archives shall be open to all members, but closed to non-members.

Operational questions without clear answers that arise on gcd-main or any other GCD mailing list should be moved to this list, with a notification to the original list that topic is being discussed on gcd-admin. Upon the resolution or abandonment of a topic, its resolution (or lack) should be posted to the gcd-main (and, if the list of origin was not gcd-main, gcd-board or gcd-contact, the list of origin).

Questions suitable for discussion on gcd-admin include but are not limited to:

  • Formatting questions
  • Non-technical aspects of proposed new, changed or deleted fields
  • Questions about whether an item belongs in the database or not
  • How to go about resolving a problem getting a changed approved

The above questions are no longer considered suitable for extended debate gcd-main (simple question and answer sessions are always permitted- these are distinguished by their lack of controversy).

Questions not suitable for discussion on gcd-admin include but are not limited to:

  • Discussions of the data itself (which belongs on gcd-main as it is of broad interest)
  • Discussions of technical details beyond that which is necessary to explain constraints (or their lack) on day-to-day operations

Notice of the new mailing list shall be posted to gcd-main, gcd-chat, gcd-tech and gcd-editor, along with clear instructions for how one may subscribe and a clear notice that no one shall be subscribed automatically.

Moved by Henry Andrews, seconded by Peter Croome, voting period: 2010-02-10 - 2010-02-17

March 2010

Mailing List Conduct

The following motion has passed with all members voting in favor.

That the GCD adopt the following policy with regard to all their mailing lists: Each of the GCD's mailing lists has a specific focus. We even have a list whose focus is things that are not on topic on the other lists. When posting to any of the lists, list members should keep their posts related to the charter/purpose of that list. Short digressions may be tolerated, but extended digressions will result in an on-list request to move the discussion to a more appropriate list.

Personal attacks on any individual(s) on the list are not allowed. Determination of what is a personal attack will be made by the list admins. Personal attacks include, but are not limited to, name calling, harassment, and attempts to suppress the opinions and participation of other list members via verbal intimidation.

Violations of rules have the following consequences: The first instance will result in a direct, private warning regarding the personal attack and a request to refrain from doing it again.

The second instance from a poster will result in another private warning regarding the violation and the posting privileges of the poster being moderated for 3 calendar days.

A third instance from a poster will result in a public warning regarding the attack and the posting privileges of the poster being moderated for 7 calendar days.

A fourth instance will result in the poster being removed from the list and banned from rejoining for a period of one year. Any given violation will drop off a list member's record after one year, so in order to be permanently removed from a given list, the member would have to have committed four violations within a year of the most recent violation.

Violations shall be tallied on a per list basis; and punishments doled out on a per list basis.

Attempts to circumvent moderation by posting from an alternate email address will be considered an additional violation, and will incur the corresponding consequence.

Enforcement of these rules shall be the responsibility of the list admins. Admins shall cc: other admins upon execution of any of the above consequences, so all list admins shall be apprised of such. Members who are subject to disciplinary measures may appeal to the other list admins if they believe they have been disciplined in error. The remaining list admins may defer a decision to the board if they cannot agree on the appropriateness of the original disciplinary action.

Discussions on most GCD lists often involve minutiae. Given that the GCD attracts people who like to discuss and document comics minutiae, it should not be surprising that we often discuss the minutiae of our documentation methods, and there is frequent room for disagreement. As long as such discussions are kept focused on the minutiae under discuussion, and not on the personal characters of the posters participating in the discussion, there is no reason these conversations can't be kept productive.

Moved by Lionel English (passing the Chairman's gavel to Lou Mazzella), seconded and with a friendly amendment by Henry Andrews, voting period: 2010-02-28 - 2010-03-07

Note: GCD Board Votes - 2010#Consequences of circumventing disciplinary actions

Removal of mailing list and approver privileges from Mark Gordon

The following motion passed with 6 members voting in favor and 3 members abstaining:

  • In favor: Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Ray Bottorff, Jr., Peter Croome, Lionel English, Ralf Haring
  • Abstain: Matt Gore, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose

That due to actions by Mark Gordon resulting in a number of people reducing their involvement with the GCD over the past six months, that the GCD remove his mailing list and approver privileges.

Moved by Ralf Haring, seconded by Peter Croome, vote period: 2010-02-28 - 2010-03-07

April 2010

(No votes closed in April 2010)

May 2010

Anonymous disposable email addresses

The following motion has passed with all members voting in favor:

That we disallow anonymous disposable e-mail addresses (such as mailinator.com) for the creation of user accounts. User accounts are the GCD's way of having an ongoing connection with the people who enter the data into the database. Without that ongoing connection, we have no way to notify those people of changes in format or policy and we have no way to notify those people of problems with their indexing. The GCD does not require an account to view the data on its website or to be a member of the mailing list and therefore an anonymous account serves no real purpose.

Moved by Ralf Haring, seconded by Will Allred, friendly amendment from Peter Croome incorporated, voting period: 2010-04-28 - 2010-05-05

Elimination of the Senior Editors Group

The following motion has passed with 8 members voting in favor and one member abstaining:

  • In favor: Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Peter Croome, Lionel English, Ralf Haring, Matt Gore, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose
  • Abstained: Ray Bottorff, Jr.

That the Senior Editors Group (as created by the Board in September 2007) be eliminated. They were formed to make formatting and editorial decisions and that role has been re-assigned to the membership at large via the gcd-policy list.

Moved by Peter Croome, seconded by Lou Mazzella, voting period: 2010-05-05 - 2010-05-12

Scope of gcd-policy list decision-making authority

The following motion has passed with all members voting in favor:

That the gcd-policy list is empowered to make decisions (via process to be determined in future Board motions) on topics including, but not necessarily limited to:

  • Rules about field formats
  • Adding, removing, combining, splitting or otherwise restructuring fields within the GCD's existing charter
  • Case-by-case clarification of how to apply existing rules

The following areas are explicitly placed outside of the scope of gcd-policy and are reserved to the Board, Membership, or other Board-designated group under the guidance of the Charter:

  • Interpreting the charter
  • Setting the rules through which gcd-policy produces rules
  • Personnel decisions (coordinators, editors/approvers, etc.)
  • Technical decisions (how something will be implemented, as opposed to what will be implemented)
  • In general, any decision that impacts the project more broadly than the areas of responsibility outlined in the previous list

When there is a dispute or uncertainty over a particular topic's suitability for a gcd-policy decision, the Board shall resolve the dispute or uncertainty through it's usual voting process.

Moved by Henry Andrews, seconded by Ralf Haring, voting period: 2010-05-08 - 2010-05-15

General Coordinator Framework

The following motion has passed with all members voting in favor:

That all "Coordinator" positions be established along the following lines, unless otherwise specified in the motions establishing each individual position.

  • Each position shall be held by three individuals.
  • Each individual holds a one-year term, evenly spaced around the calendar year:
    • A February term, filled by the Board during January
    • A June term, filled by the Board during May
    • An October term, filled by the Board during September
    • A coordinator may be subject to a forced recall vote on the Board if a number of members equal to the current size of the Board request such a vote. After the failure of a recall vote, another vote may not be forced by the membership until three months have passed.
    • The Board shall fill any vacancies resulting from recall or resignation immediately.
    • Positions filled (due to a new position or the need for a mid-term replacement) within two months before the beginning of a term are considered to be part of that following term. Otherwise they are considered to be serving the remainder of the previous term.
    • A Coordinator may step down at any time, for any reason or no reason. Likewise the Board may remove a Coordinator any time through a motion, although the Board must state a reason.
  • The Board shall post the list of Coordinator positions that are being considered, the requirements one must have to serve in each position, and the current holders of each position, to the gcd-main mailing list and any other general list associated with the position at the beginning of the month of consideration. This will allow those who qualify for the position to notify the Board of their interest.
    • For new positions or mid-term replacements, the announcement should be made as soon as is practical, and the Board vote on the position should take place no earlier than one week after the announcement.
    • The Board shall vote on a motion to appoint or re-appoint a given person to the Coordinator role through the same process as any other motion.
  • Each Coordinator position is associated with a corresponding email address that will reach all current holders of the position.
  • Public-facing coordinator positions shall have one coordinator designated as the lead.
    • A public-facing coordinator is one that exists to handle requests from outside of the GCD mailing lists, either through the web site or through public email.
    • While all three coordinators are equally empowered to respond to requests from the public, the lead coordinator is responsible for ensuring that someone sends a suitable response in a timely manner. They may do so themselves, or they may request that one of the other coordinators respond.
    • The lead shall be chosen by the coordinators, and the position may be reassigned among them as often as they deem necessary.
    • If the coordinators cannot agree on the lead, one shall be appointed by the Board. If no coordinator is willing to serve as lead, then the coordinator with the least time remaining in their term must step down, and a new coordinator who is willing to serve is lead can be selected.
  • Coordinator groups responsible for issuing decisions may in general produce a decision whenever two of the three Coordinators agree.
    • In groups that include a lead coordinator, the lead's vote carries no more weight than that of either of the other two coordinators.
    • The Board may overturn decisions issued by coordinators.
    • As such decisions are generally intended to facilitate normal operation rather than determine binding policy, no process to force a Board vote shall exist. As only two Board members are needed to bring up a motion for voting, the bar for getting a vote is not overly high.
  • A coordinator who has failed to help carry out the position's duties for two consecutive months and does not respond to inquires may be removed by the other two coordinators.
    • If the coordinator being removed disputes the charges, the Board shall resolve the dispute. However, as this rule is intended to be used when a coordinator disappears and can no longer be contacted, it is expected that such disputes shall be rare.
    • A coordinator may appoint a temporary replacement for up to one month with the consent of the other two coordinators. Disagreements on this matter are to be resolved by the Board.

The existing position of Technical Coordinator is exempted from these rules on the grounds that it is primarily an internal liaison and arbitration position. Other existing positions are slated for review by the Board, which will determine the applicability of this framework in their individual motions.

Moved by Henry Andrews, seconded by Lou Mazzella, vote period: 2010-05-20 - 2010-05-27

Data Distribution Policy

The following motion has passed with 7 members voting in favor and 2 against:

  • In favor: Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Peter Croome, Lionel English, Ralf Haring, Lou Mazzella, Matt Gore
  • Against: Ray Bottorff, Jr., Tony Rose

That the GCD distribute its data as a bi-weekly delivery of the complete then-current public data set, in formats including but not necessarily limited to a direct database dump of the public tables and fields. The tech team is directed to fulfill this policy on a best effort basis, with the understanding that a fully automated delivery is both practical and preferred. The establishment of this policy does not prevent the GCD from making alternate arrangements for additional service on a case-by-case basis.

Moved by Henry Andrews, seconded by Will Allred, vote period: 2010-05-20 - 2010-05-27

Rules for Voting and Debate on gcd-policy

The following motion has passed with 5 members voting in favor and 4 members voting against:

  • In favor: Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Peter Croome, Lionel English, Ralf Haring
  • Against: Ray Bottorff, Jr., Matt Gore, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose

That the method of debating and passing rules on gcd-policy be defined as follows:

ELIGIBILITY

  • All GCD members who are members of the gcd-policy list may vote on topics.
  • Voting for GCD rules is a privilege above and beyond the normal voting privileges granted as part of membership. GCD members who have had their mailing list privileges revoked (either in general or specifically for gcd-policy) may not vote.

COORDINATION

  • Debate and Voting are managed by the Rules Coordinators. These three positions, which follow the guidelines laid out by the Board in the General Framework for Coordinators, must all be filled in order to allow for a two-out-of-three system of decisions.
    • In the event that only two Coordinators are present, both must agree on a given point to issue a ruling.
    • If only one position is filled, operations should be suspended until at least one additional Coordinator is appointed by the Board.
  • As specified by the framework, when this motion calls for the Rules Coordinators to issue a decision, the agreement of two out of three Coordinators is required, unless otherwise specified.

AGENDA

  • Any GCD indexer, voting member or list member may ask for an item to be placed on the agenda by the Rules Coordinators.
  • The Rules Coordinators are responsible for deciding which agenda items are currently open for debate.
    • Open items must be resolved by a vote, as described in the next section.
    • The Rules Coordinators are expected to prioritize the agenda and ensure the steady stream of topics for the list, as well as preventing low-priority items from starving.
    • Multiple agenda items may be open at once, although the Coordinators may also opt to consider complex or controversial questions one at a time.
    • Rules Coordinators may opt to combine or split agenda items to facilitate debate.
  • Aspects of an agenda item not resolved by the first vote related to that item should be re-added to the agenda as new, more specific items rather than just keeping the partially-resolved item open.

MOVING TO A VOTE:

  • An item must be open on the agenda for at least three days before a vote can occur.
  • A vote may be called for by consensus, or invoked by the Rules Coordinators when three days have passed without forward motion in debate.
    • A lack of forward motion is indicated by no significant new positions or rationales being put forward, with the discussion dominated by restatements and agreements. The Rules Coordinators determine what is "significant".
  • If there is a desire for gcd-policy not to issue a decision on a given topic (for reasons other than that the Board has taken up the topic), a vote may be taken to dismiss the item from the agenda unresolved.

VOTING:

  • Pass/Fail or multiple choice ballots are allowed.
    • Pass/Fail and choices between two options are won by a simple majority.
    • Ranked Choice voting, with the winner calculated by the Shulze Method (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schulze_method) is used when choosing among more than two options.
    • If there is a disagreement on whether to use multiple Pass / Fail ballots rather than a single Ranked Choice ballot, the Rule Coordinators shall make the decision. In general, a prompt resolution is desired, so multiple ballots should only be used with a clear reason.
    • Exact ties are resolved by the Board, with the votes of any Board members who voted on the policy item carrying over unchanged. Therefore if a majority of Board members voted the same way on a pass/fail question in the policy election, the tie is broken instantly without further Board intervention.
    • No explicit abstention ballots are to be cast- to abstain, simply do not vote. Abstentions do not count towards the total for finding a majority.
  • A topic remains open for voting for one week and one day.
  • The minimum number of votes that must be cast in order to close the vote is the same as the current full membership of the Board (9 at the time of this writing).
    • If a quorum is not reached, the Rules Coordinators may opt to either call for a vote to dismiss the agenda item unresolved, or call for a re-vote after one week.

APPEALS:

  • The Board retains the authority to overturn gcd-policy rulings, but must do so through a new motion and debate period.
  • A group of members equal to twice the size of the current Board may force a Board vote to uphold or strike down the gcd-policy decision. If struck down, the Board shall then consider motions to replace the ruling.

REVISITATION:

  • The Rules Coordinators shall determine when and under what circumstances a question can be re-added to the Agenda for a new vote. This shall be done on a case-by-case basis.

PRIOR RULES:

  • Rules passed through the PROPOSAL system on gcd-policy before the decision to take the question of gcd-policy's authority and structure to the board are considered to have the same force as rules created under the new Board-authored system. However, the PROPOSAL system is now rendered obsolete and may no longer be used.

Moved by Henry Andrews, seconded by Lou Mazzella, vote period: 2010-05-24 - 2010-05-31

June 2010

eBay contract

The following motion has passed with 8 members voting in favor and 1 member abstaining:

  • In favor: Henry Andrews, Peter Croome, Lou Mazzella, Will Allred, Lionel English, Ralf Haring, Tony Rose, Ray Bottorff, Jr.
  • Abstain: Matt Gore

That the Ebay contract (currently posted in the files section of the board list) be approved and we enter into the agreement it specifies and that Henry Andrews be directed to carry out the necessary technical details.

Moved by Tony Rose, seconded by Lou Mazella, voting period: 2010-06-01 - 2010-06-05

rules coordinators for gcd policy

The following motion has passed with 8 members voting in favor and 1 member abstaining:

  • In favor: Lionel English, Ralf Haring, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Ray Bottorff, Jr.
  • Abstain: Matt Gore

That we approve the slate of Phil Rutledge, Brian Saner Lamken, and Henry Andrews as the rules coordinators for gcd-policy and direct them to choose among themselves which coordinator serves which term.

Moved by Tony Rose, seconded by Ralf Haring, voting period: 2010-06-13 - 2010-06-20

July 2010

mailing list admins

The following motion has passed with all members voting in favor:

That we confirm the Don Milne, Lionel English, and Ralf Haring as the new slate of mailing list admins.

Moved by Ralf Haring, seconded by Will Allred, voting period: 2010-07-08 - 2010-07-15

August 2010

PR committee

The following motion has passed with all members voting in favor:

That the GCD create a PR committee comprised of up to three people, as outlined in the general coordinator rules, with staggered one year terms, with terms expiring in February, June, and October.

Responsibilities should include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring the contact list
  • Maintaining the front page(s)
  • Maintaining a presence on social networking sites (Facebook, etc)
  • Maintaining and updating dog & pony shows that could be used by members at cons (e.g. PowerPoint demos or the like, of varying focuses and lengths)
  • Maintaining a selection of print adverts of various sizes to be used where opportunity presents.
  • Acting as press agents as needed (e.g. notifying comics news sites and/or bloggers when there's noteworthy GCD news)

PR team is generally responsible for making sure the above are in place, and can solicit help from other members as needed in order to accomplish same.

Moved by Lionel English, seconded by Will Allred, voting period: 2010-07-25 - 2010-08-01

Marvel permission letter

The following motion has passed with 8 members voting in favor and 1 member abstaining:

  • In favor: Lionel English, Ralf Haring, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Matt Gore
  • Abstain: Ray Bottorff, Jr.

That we approve and sign the letter from Marvel to allow them use of our data, per the letter they forwarded to us.

Moved by Lionel English, seconded by Ralf Haring, voting period: 2010-08-04 - 2010-08-11

PR Coordinators

The following motion has passed with 8 members voting in favor and 1 member abstaining:

  • In favor: Lionel English, Ralf Haring, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Ray Bottorff, Jr.
  • Abstain: Matt Gore

That we adopt the slate of Mike Catron, Betty Dobson, and Ramon Schenk as our Public Relations Committee.

Moved by Lionel English, seconded by Henry Andrews, voting period: 2010-08-10 - 2010-08-17


September 2010

board election - voting members 2010

The following motion has passed with 8 members voting in favor and 1 member abstaining:

  • In favor: Lionel English, Ralf Haring, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Ray Bottorff, Jr.
  • Abstain: Matt Gore

That we adopt the following with regard to the upcoming board election:

  1. resolve to use the voting app on the site for board elections
  2. email all voting members from the last election at least 1 month before letting them know they need to create an account to vote this year. if they do not do so before the start of the vote (Nov 15), their status will be reset in future years.
  3. grandfather anyone on the last list as a voting member regardless of whether they meet the requirements below.
  4. decide on indexing/approving requirements to be a voting member (as detailed below)
  5. resolve that only existing members who create an account and those who meet indexing/approving requirements can vote this year. in future cycles the board can set other measurable methods of determining membership not related to indexing: # of errors reported, # of code reviews submitted, etc.

The indexing/approval requirements to be a voting member are to have 4000 points calculated from a user's approved changesets measured as follows:

  1. 5 points for a cover change (addition or replacement)
  2. 10 points for the first addition of an object to the database (user is recorded as indexer on the first known changeset for the pub/brand/ind_pub/series/issue)
  3. 1 point for any field changed in any subsequent changeset
  4. 3 points for any changeset a user approves

Moved by Ralf Haring, seconded by Will Allred, voting period: 2010-08-27 - 2010-09-03

IMP rules partially superseded by:

Create a Comic Strip Committee

The following motion has passed with 8 members voting in favor and 1 member abstaining:

  • In favor: Lionel English, Ralf Haring, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Ray Bottorff, Jr.
  • Abstain: Matt Gore

That the Board create a subcommittee to explore the possibility of a comic-strip database. Said committee would only be responsible for identifying a logical set of data points to be collected; implementation and structural details such as data normalization and table structures would be delegated to the tech team at a later date.

Moved by Lionel English, seconded by Henry Andrews, voting period: 2010-08-27 - 2010-09-03

RESOLUTION: Shawn Bolding is an alias for Mark Gordon whose mailing list privileges were removed

The following motion has passed with 8 members voting in favor and 1 member voting against:

  • In favor: Lionel English, Ralf Haring, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Ray Bottorff, Jr.
  • Against: Matt Gore

Whereas the person posting on the GCD mailing lists under the name "Shawn Bolding" joined the main list on [insert date]

and

whereas "Shawn Bolding" immediately began to create an impression of his dissatisfaction with the rules of GCD Indexing

and

whereas "Shawn Bolding" immediately began to create an impression of his dissatisfaction with the tenor of the GCD mailing lists

and

whereas the wording and tenor of "Shawn Bolding"'s posts to the mailing lists were strongly reminiscent of the messages posted by Mark Gordon

THEREFORE

It is resolved by the Board that "Shawn Bolding" is an alias in use by Mark Gordon.

Moved by Tony Rose, seconded by Henry Andrews, voting period: 2010-09-17 - 2010-09-24

Update Mailing List Archive Policy

The following motion has passed with all members voting in favor:

  • In favor: Lionel English, Ralf Haring, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Ray Bottorff, Jr., Matt Gore

That the GCD's email list archiving policy be updated as follows:

  • All list archives shall be made available to list members.
  • The Board list archive and the archives of lists of Board sub-committees shall be made available to the general public.
  • The Tech list archive shall be made available to the general public.
  • Upon creation by the board, a new list shall default to archives being available to list members unless otherwise specified in the motion establishing the list.
  • List members may in general delete their own posts from the archive as permitted by the list software (Google Groups at the time of this Motion).
  • Messages may only be deleted from the archive of a Board or Board sub-committee mailing list when there is a privacy concern, legal concern, or a 2/3 majority of the Board approves the deletion.
  • Messages that create a privacy or other legal problem must be deleted as soon as they are noticed by the first available mailing list administrator (or the list member who posted the message if they realize their error first).

Moved by Henry Andrews, seconded by Will Allred, voting period: 2010-09-17 - 2010-09-24

Amend the IMP rules to consider fields in newly added objects and logical fields

The following motion has passed with 8 members voting in favor and 1 member abstaining:

  • In favor: Lionel English, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Ray Bottorff, Jr., Matt Gore
  • Abstain: Ralf Haring

That clauses B and C of the IMP definition, which currently read as follows:

Begin current definition

  • B) 10 points for the first addition of an object to the database (user is

recorded as indexer on the first known changeset for the pub/brand/ind_pub/series/issue)

  • C) 1 point for any field changed in any subsequent changeset

End current definition

be replaced with:

  • B) 1 point for any logical field changed, where a "logical field" is defined as

a group of database fields that together describe a single piece of information as determined by the Board.

  • C) 10 bonus points for the first addition of an object other than Story or Cover

objects to the database (user is recorded as indexer on the first known changeset for that object). The Board may, at its discretion, consider a given earliest changeset to not represent an addition when there is evidence of earlier work. In such a case, the points are calculated without the 10 point bonus.

Moved by Henry Andrews, seconded by Lou Mazzella, voting period: 2010-09-26 - 2010-09-27

Amend the IMP rules to clarify handling of the approvals process

The following motion has passed with 8 members voting in favor and 1 member voting against:

  • In favor: Lionel English, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Ray Bottorff, Jr., Matt Gore
  • Against: Ralf Haring

That clause D of the IMP rules:

D) 3 points for any changeset a user approves

be modifed to read:

D) 3 points for the user listed as the approver of any changeset in a terminal state (including APPROVED or DISCARDED as well as any future such terminal states)

Moved by Henry Andrews, seconded by Lou Mazzella, voting period: 2010-09-26 - 2010-09-27

IMPs and uninformative data

The following motion has passed with 7 members voting in favor and 2 members voting against:

  • In favor: Lionel English, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Matt Gore
  • Against: Ralf Haring, Ray Bottorff, Jr.

That the IMP definition be revised by adding the following language to the clause regarding single points for changed fields (currently clause C, potentially revised to clause B depending on the result of a prior motion- however this motion can pass or fail independently of the prior motion):

Fields in which the only data entered indicates that the indexer does not know the correct value, with no guess provided, do not contribute any points to the total.

Moved by Henry Andrews, seconded by Lou Mazzella, voting period: 2010-09-26 - 2010-09-27

Consequences of circumventing disciplinary actions

The following motion has passed with all members voting in favor:

  • In favor: Lionel English, Ralf Haring, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Ray Bottorff, Jr., Matt Gore

That membership, voting rights, and indexing accounts be stripped from any member who uses a second email or indexing account in order to get around a temporary or permanent ban on another account so that they may post or index in defiance of that ban.

Moved by Lionel English, seconded by Will Allred, voting period: 2010-09-26 - 2010-09-27


October 2010

Use of copyrighted material within the GCD

The following motion has passed with all members voting in favor:

  • In favor: Lionel English, Ralf Haring, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Ray Bottorff, Jr., Matt Gore

The Grand Comics DatabaseTM (GCD) respects the copyrights of others, and does not allow the use of copyrighted material on our site without the explicit permission of the copyright holder, unless said use CLEARLY falls within fair use guidelines.

Examples of fair use would include the use of small excerpts of a work, with attribution, for purposes of commentary on or illustration of original work, such as the use of cover thumbnails to help identify specific publications we are indexing. In the given example, we are reproducing a small excerpt (generally less than 3% of the total publication) of the publication at a below-print-ready quality, in order to illustrate our commentary on said publication, and our use is non-commercial.

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Copyrighted material submitted to the GCD without proper permission and/or attribution is subject to removal by the GCD's board of directors or their duly appointed agents should they decide such material does not fall with the scope of fair use.

Moved by Lionel English, seconded by Ralf Haring, voting period: 2010-10-05 - 2010-10-07

Revoking membership due to a long-standing pattern of abusive behavior

The following motion has passed with six members voting in favor, 2 against, and 1 abstention:

  • In favor: Ralf Haring, Henry Andrews, Lionel English, Ray Bottorff, Jr., Matt Gore, Will Allred
  • Against: Tony Rose, Peter Croome
  • Abstain: Lou Mazzella

Because Mark Gordon's ongoing actions have demonstrated that his primary goal in using his GCD account is to antagonize the members and staff of the GCD, I move that his membership be revoked, all GCD accounts closed, and that he be banned from opening any further accounts with the GCD or joining any mailing lists, forums, or other future methods of communication or collaboration.

Moved by Henry Andrews, seconded by Ralf Haring, voting period: 2010-10-05 - 2010-10-07

Circumstances under which the GCD may contact account holders

The following motion has passed with eight members voting in favor and one abstention:

  • In favor: Ralf Haring, Henry Andrews, Lionel English, Ray Bottorff, Jr., Will Allred, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome
  • Abstain: Matt Gore

That it become the GCD's policy to only send email to account holders as part of conducting our business or in response to clear indications that the account holder wishes to initiate communication.

Business purposes include:

  • A form letter welcoming them to the GCD upon confirmation of account and encouraging them to contribute.
  • Any issues or problems with accounts
  • Notifications of changes to account or submission policies
  • Anything regarding submissions to the site

Clear indiciations that the account holder wishes to initiate communcation include:

  • Statements in the "interests" or other registration field that they would like to contribute to the project in some way (as opposed to just indicating interest in some area of comics).
  • Checking any field on the registration or other form that indicates an interest in contributing or communicating directly (no such field exists at this time, but may be added in the future).

Account holders who post to mailing lists may be contacted on or off list in the same way as any other mailing list member.

Email addresses should not be visible by default to anyone other than the site admins. Email addresses may be provided to GCD staff at the discretion of the Board.

Moved by Henry Andrews, seconded by Peter Croome, voting period: 2010-10-10 - 2010-10-17

charter amendment ballot (board elections)

The following motion has passed with all members voting in favor:

  • In favor: Ralf Haring, Henry Andrews, Lionel English, Ray Bottorff, Jr., Will Allred, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Matt Gore

That the following initiative be put to the members for their approval or rejection at the same time as the 2010 board election:


That the 4.3 section of the GCD Charter (http://docs.comics.org/wiki/The_GCD_Charter) that reads:

"Candidates who wish to run for a board seat must post a brief note to the main email list no sooner than five weeks prior to the election and no later than three weeks prior to the election."

be changed to:

"Candidates who wish to run for a board seat must post a message to the gcd-main email list to that effect anytime during the period three weeks prior to the election to two days prior."

If approved, this change would not take effect until the 2011 board election.


Moved by Ralf Haring, seconded by Henry Andrews, voting period: 2010-10-14 - 2010-10-21

November 2010

IMPs for deletions

The following motion has passed with all members voting in favor:

  • In favor: Lionel English, Ralf Haring, Lou Mazzella, Tony Rose, Peter Croome, Will Allred, Henry Andrews, Ray Bottorff, Jr., Matt Gore

That indexers be granted one IMP upon the approval of any deletion, no matter how many objects are involved in the deletion changeset. The Board may, at its discretion, opt to subtract IMPs from the balance of anyone who wastes time by individually deleting objects instead of using available bulk delete options after being warned once by any approver or Board member.

Moved by Henry Andrews, seconded by Peter Croome, voting period: 2010-10-29 - 2010-11-01

Genre Committee

The following motion has passed:

  • In favor: Lou Mazzella, Henry Andrews, Peter Croome, Lionel English, Will Allred, Tony Rose, Ray Bottorff
  • Abstain: Ralf Haring, Matt Gore

That we create an exploratory committee, co-chaired by Tony Rose and Jim van Dore, to update our genre list.

Moved by Lionel English, seconded by Henry Andrews, voting period: 2010-11-20 - 2010-11-24


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