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Revision as of 14:31, 26 December 2018


  • Ed Bennett
  • Will McShane
  • Kathryn Born
  • Jennie Plasterer
  • Andrew Camardella


  • Announced: Once a vote is announced the membership can scrutinize and comment on the vote. Take comments into consideration. Announce the vote a week prior to locking down the language.
  • Language locked: After some time that the vote has been announced, on or before the Thursday prior to the Tuesday the vote will occur, submit the vote to secretary at pumpingstationone.org. The vote language will not be allowed to change unless quorum is not met or the vote is proposed again.
  • Voted on: This is the date the vote occurs.


For information about previous bylaws and related votes, there are extensive resources beyond the links above. The Wiki and Google Group are the primary repository for that information. Two Town Halls were announced on the Google Group and held both live and online on Oct 10 and Oct 24, 2018

An update of the bylaws and membership agreement has been created. In addition, a wholly new document has been created, entitled Dispute Resolution Committee. When we refer to the “Bylaws Vote”, we are referring to these three interconnected documents. The documents must be considered as one set, as they reference each other and do not stand alone as individual documents.

The Bylaws adjusts several aspects and timing of various functions of organization. Some of these come into conflict with the current bylaws; issues will be sorted out in the vote language. Major changes include:

  • One membership tier
  • All members can vote
  • CTO and PR Director are no longet board positions.
  • Dispute Resolution Committee is instattiated.
  • 10% of Membership for quorum

The Membership Agreement strengthens and clarifies various expectations for Member Conduct. It also makes various organizational processes explicit. Major changes include:

  • Updated anti-harassment and code of conduct.
  • Explicitly states rights and responsibilities of Members and Organization.
  • Clarifies methods for resolving disputes.

The Dispute Resolution Committee is an official committee instantiated by Pumping Station: One and its management is at the discretion of the board. The revised bylaws include it as a requirement so that it must exist at all times. The document that governs the DRC shall be maintained by the DRC and the Board of Directors, and is provided here for reference - https://docs.google.com/document/d/15FOGG91VR_wQMaRdJBUguScCpBnzG7d77Q3sB1-ZppU/ Major changes include:

  • Defining a clear and concise process for raising an issue.
  • Instantiates a committee tasked with working on resolving a dispute or issue.
  • Has provisions for storing institutional knowledge.


Replace our current bylaws with the revision contained in this document - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gCKp6NKaYEg4mjtNaPlb3eN5U3djD8WfUL5DkcEaYZg/.

  • Rules regarding DaL positions take effect immediately. 2019 Elections for PR director and CTO will be folded into the DaL election.
  • Rules regarding the annual meeting and when directors and officers take office will take effect for the 2020 election.

Replace out current membership agreement with the revision contained in this document - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pCB4VwE5YOo03PAI9kj07vVi1T-eDjZQWwfOGZls8jQ/

  • Member points will maintain their value and be consumed as usual - no new points will be granted until the policy is updated
  • Area Hosts/Champions/Full Volunteers will receive a Hackership with Storage
  • Volunteer Authorizers will receive a Basic Hackership

If any policy is discovered to be in conflict with language or policies that appear in an ancillary governance document, then the organization will defer to the the newest of the documents. Corrections, amendments and other forms of revised language will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.


Present: This is the total number of members that voted (physically present and by proxy) and includes those that abstained from voting.

For: This is the number of members that vote but that agree with the vote language. Against: This is the number of members that vote but that disagree with the vote language. Abstain: This is the number of members that were present but that did not vote on the proposal.


Add categories for the votes page and the year the vote occurs. Edit this page to see the formatting for category tags.