[Taxacom] Voting on nomenclatural matters (Botanical)

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Sun Feb 19 19:47:01 CST 2012

As an exercise in democracy these meetings are quite impressive.
"Everyone gets a say, but the majority decides".

The first item of business was to decide how the meeting was to be run
- what constitutes a majority, when will a secret ballot invoked, what
constitues a super majority and when will that be required, yada yada

It all sounds all uber process-driven and boring, but it held me
captivated for an entire week... thinking about it after the event, it
was actually more interesting, engaging and satisfying than the
Congress itself... but I am the sort of guy that likes watching his
sausages get made... :)


On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM, Mary Barkworth <Mary.Barkworth at usu.edu> wrote:
> There is a mail ballot taken prior to each botanical congress. Any member of the International Association of Plant Taxonomists can vote. The results of the mail ballot are always taken very seriously, together with the recommendations of the appropriate committee. One of the first decisions is, if I recall correctly, to adopt all recommendations that received strong mail support and endorsement by the general committee - and not to discuss those that were strongly rejected UNLESS someone brings them up from the floor. So it is really only issues where there is disagreement or concern that are discussed and then what one hears said may change one's vote. Theoretically it could be done by email but there really is something to be said for being in the same room during a discussion. There is an immediacy to a meeting that there is not with email. Yes, it requires wealth to attend - but wealth helps in any endeavor, not just nomenclature. But back to the point: it is not true that one has to be present at the nomenclatural session (which is held immediately prior to each Congress) to voice an opinion on matters nomenclatural. There are lots of opportunities, at least for those working with plants, fungi, and algae.
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