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Recent proposed changes to the By-Laws and Standing Rules are stored in a pending file, awaiting perfection (a term of art in the rules business) or review before they are folded into the official HTML files. Batches of changes and wholly new rules will be formatted in their near-final form and stored in a copy of the rules file for review. This file only exists during a review period.
Article I: Membership
Article II: Meetings of the Membership
Article III: Election of Officers
Article IV: Duties of Officers
Article V: Management
Article VI: Committees
Article VII: The NESFA Fellowship
Article VIII: Discipline
Article IX: Amendments
Article X: Miscellaneous Provisions
Article XI: Boskone
Section I: Officers and Committees
Section II: Finances
Section III: Meetings
Section IV: Services
Section V: Miscellaneous
Appendix A: Humorous Motions
Appendix B: Lists of Positions and Honors Confirmed by the Membership
By intention, every section, sub-section, sub-sub-section, etc. of the By-Laws and Standing Rules can be directly linked to by a URL that (again, by intention) will never change. (If anyone finds a section for which this is not true, please inform the Rules Committee.) This capability is used extensively within the By-Laws and Standing Rules to link related and referred-to sections, but is also available for use from elsewhere (for example, many of the Treasury procedures at /Treasury/ link to the rules underlying them).
The form of these URLs is standardized, so that someone who wishes to link to a section can deduce the correct URL without having to examine its HTML source.
The By-Laws exist as a single file, with URL <http://www.nesfa.org/rules/Bylaws.html>. The beginning of each article has its own link and may be reached by the URL <http://www.nesfa.org/rules/Bylaws.html#blX> (where "X" is the article number).
The Standing Rules exist as a single file, with URL <http://www.nesfa.org/rules/SR.html>. The beginning of each section has its own link and may be reached by the URL <http://www.nesfa.org/rules/SR.html#srX> (where "X" is the section number, or "a" for Appendix A, or "b" for Appendix B).
To link to a specific section, append a fragment identifier to the URL for the appropriate page; that identifier is derived from the section, sub-section, etc. "numbering" by concatenating its elements, in order, separated by ":" – for example, section 1.7(5)II would become 1.7:5:II, article 5.3(c) would become 5.3:c, and section A.2(7) would become a.2:7. This value is prefixed with "bl" for a By-Laws item or "sr" for a Standing Rules item and then appended to the page's URL, set off by a "#". The full URLs for these examples would be <http://www.nesfa.org/rules/SR.html#sr1.7:5:II>, <http://www.nesfa.org/rules/Bylaws.html#bl5.3:c>, and <http://www.nesfa.org/rules/SR.html#sra.2:7>.
Whenever possible, please link to the By-Laws and Standing Rules rather than quoting from them – quotes tend to be forgotten when the original text is updated, and so all too frequently end up outdated. If you must quote (for instance, when writing a procedure to be followed in detail, where following a link to get some bit of information would break up the flow), please also link to the [sub]section quoted and inform the Rules Committee of what you've done. This will allow us to add to the annotation for that [sub]section a "quoted in" link back to your page, so we can ensure that it is updated if the underlying rule is changed. A link adjacent to your quote both is useful to anyone who wants to check the details of the underlying rule and makes it likely that the Rules Committee will eventually discover your quote even if you forget to tell us about it.
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