While sensible fans were enjoying the con their dedicated peers at Loncon 3’s business meeting slaved over proposed changes to the rules of the World Science Fiction Society. (Kevin Standlee has done little else and many of these items are cribbed from his myriad social media outlets. It’s even possible to watch videos of the business meetings on Kevin’s YouTube account.)
- Two parallel changes lowering the requirement for certain votes to a 2/3 majority (from 3/4);
- Requiring more detailed self-indentification data in the financial reports of past Worldcons;
- Defining eligibility of a person for Best Fan Artist Hugo to include non-professional display of their work (instead of a display, generally);
- Removing the geographic zone requirements for membership in the Mark Protection Committee;
- Making permanent the Hugo Award Rest of World Eligibility Extension.
Four new amendments got a split reception.
The business meeting voted against proposals to:
- Give NASFiC members the right to vote for the Hugos, and
- Add a new Hugo for Best Fan Performer/Performance (a slash mark because people voted to change the title prior to voting to reject the idea altogether.)
Earning first passage were two other proposals.
- Popular Ratification requires that changes to the WSFS constitution be ratified by a vote of all Worldcon members. The mass vote would take place after an amendment receives its second passage at a business meeting.
- A Story by Any Other Name clarifies the of status of audiobooks under the Hugo rules.
Two Standing Rules changes proposed by the Worldcon’s own committees also passed. (These are not constitutional amendments.)
- Hugo Finalists: A proposal to change the term for works/people appearing on the Hugo Shortlist to “Finalist” (instead of “Nominee”).
- Value The Vote: A change to the Membership Types and Rates would keep committees from selling memberships with WSFS voting rights for less than their supporting membership rate, tied in to what the Voting Fee was when they were selected.
There was no proposal for a YA Hugo – a hot topic referred by last year’s business meeting to a committee chaired by Dave McCarty. McCarty reported no progress was made (his and other members’ comments on the WSFS Business Meeting Facebook Page indicate no work was done during the year.) Chris Barkley, who had made plans to submit a proposal of his own once again, said he has been persuaded waiting for a committee report is a better idea.
[Thanks again to Kevin Standlee for his yeoman work sharing the results with the world.]
Update 08/17/2014: Identified Standing Rules changes more clearly.