[Taxacom] Voting on nomenclatural matters (Botanical)

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Mon Feb 20 05:00:06 CST 2012

From: "Jim Croft" <jim.croft at gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2012 2:47 AM

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... :)


It is also interesting to read the Proceedings, dutifully published
after each Congress. For anybody making a proposal-to-amend-
the-Code, this is just about obligatory reading, so as to avoid 
wasted effort.

Which is why it is a pity that the Proceedings of the Vienna
Nomenclatural Section still are not published (the moment where
they will be six years overdue is coming up fast).


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