The RSS Advisory Board is an independent organization with three primary duties: publishing the RSS specification, guiding developers who create RSS applications and broadening the public understanding of RSS.
The board operates under these rules:
- The board has up to 15 members.
- One member serves as the chair for a two-year term that begins on Feb. 1 of odd-numbered years. The current chair is Randy Charles Morin.
- The chair is responsible for the maintenance of the board's web site, mailing lists and bookkeeping.
- All actions of the board (except the election of new members) take place on the RSS-Board mailing list, where posting is limited to members but messages can be read by the public.
- A second mailing list, RSS-Public, is an open forum for public comment on matters before the board.
- If an action is proposed by a member and seconded, a seven-day period begins for discussion on both mailing lists prior to a vote.
- If the action is not withdrawn by the proponent during that period, a seven-day period begins in which board members vote yes, no or abstain.
- An action requires a plurality to pass with three exceptions: The election of a chair, election of new board members and amendments to these rules require an absolute majority.
- Members who do not participate in two successive votes may be removed at the discretion of the chair.