[Foundation-l] WMF resolution on access to non-public data passed
geniice at gmail.com
Tue May 1 10:58:20 UTC 2007
On 5/1/07, Kelly Martin <kelly.lynn.martin at gmail.com> wrote:
> Under US parliamentary law, an "abstension" is a deliberate refusal to
> vote: it means that the member is present in the chamber but actively
> refused to cast a vote in the ballot. Merely failing to vote due to
> being absent or unavailable is not an abstension. There is a
> significant distinction, and your use of the incorrect term may have
> confused some readers in the thread.
The UK english commons use is somewhat different however which is why
Frank Maguire was said to have abstained in person. So using the word
"abstain" to mean "abstain in person" would risk confusing UK readers.
Really there is no ideal wording.
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