• 2024 FTSC Standing Member Election - Call for Nominations

    From Andrew Leary@1:320/219 to All on Sunday, February 11, 2024 05:22:43
    2024 FTSC election, call for nominations

    An election for FTSC standing members starts on Sunday, 11th of
    February 2024 at 20:00 UTC.

    As per FTA-1000.003 the number of FTSC members should be no less than
    5 and no more than 30. Presently there are 7 FTSC members; 3 of those
    have terms expiring. That leaves room for a maximum of 30-(7-3)=26
    members to be elected.

    From FTA-1001:

    3.2 FTSC Standing Members

    FTSC members are appointed for a two year renewable term. [50 % of
    appointments on initial formation of the FTSC shall be for a 3 year
    renewable term, to ensure continuity of the Committee on expiry of
    the terms.]

    To be selected as a FTSC member, an individual must be a FidoNet
    node, and should be actively involved in FidoNet. Examples include
    having put out a FidoNet-related product or having updated a product
    in the preceding two years, or having experience as a Coordinator,
    Echomail Coordinator or mail or file Hub.

    Standing members may be nominated FidoNet-wide by all of the
    following methods:

    1. Any RC. Each RC is entitled to one (1) nomination.
    2. A nominating committee established for the purpose by the FTSC.
    3. A nominating committee established for the purpose by the ZCC.

    A nominating committee may not consist of any current member or
    officer of the FTSC.

    Standing members are appointed on the basis of a vote by all RCs
    who are nodelisted as holding those positions at the time the
    nominations are published. A successful candidate must receive
    approval by a majority of votes.
    Publication of the nomination and the voting procedure, and posting
    of RC votes, shall take place openly in the FTSC_PUBLIC echo, and
    voting shall close three weeks after publication of the vote.

    The status of RC's will be determined by NODELIST.040 of this year by
    the list as issued by the ZC in the zone where they reside.

    All RCs and members of a nominating committee are hereby
    invited to nominate members. Nominations must be posted in the
    FTSC_PUBLIC echo.

    Nominations start at Sunday, 11 February 2024, 20:00 UTC and end at
    Sunday, 03 March 2024, 20:00 UTC.

    Nominators are advised to sound out prospective nominees before
    filing a nomination. There is little or no point in nominating
    someone that has not shown interest and expressed willingness to

    Note to candidates: The main task of the FTSC is to document current
    practice. Contrary to what the name suggests, the FTSC does not create standards out of the blue. Current FidoNet practice evolves and when
    it has stabilized, it may become a standard through FTSC documentation.
    Also, the FTSC is not an enforcement body. Those who wish to join the
    FTSC in order to "engineer FidoNet" may be in for a disappointment.
    Our main job is that of a clerk. We write the technical manual, we do
    not design the machine. To avoid disappointment, sysops interested in
    joining the FTSC are strongly advised to read the following documents:


    Andrew Leary
    FTSC Election Coordinator

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    * Origin: From the Desk of the FTSC Administrator (1:320/219)
  • From Ward Dossche@2:292/854 to Andrew Leary on Sunday, February 11, 2024 20:56:35

    The status of RC's will be determined by NODELIST.040 of this year by
    the list as issued by the ZC in the zone where they reside.

    From "FidoNet Policy Document Version 4.07"

    1 Overview

    ... FidoNet is defined by a NodeList issued weekly by the
    International Coordinator. *****************************************************************************

    As there is an International Coordinator who issues the weekly nodelist as defined by P4.07.1, thereby defining Fidonet, I fail to see the need to consult any other source to determine the eligibility of any RC to nominate.

    Take care,


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    * Origin: Many Glacier - Preserve / Protect / Conserve (2:292/854)