Well, technically we didn't have a vote on whether the contest should be held next year or not (as opposed to the previous year).
Does that mean that there will be no contest next year? No.
The general assembly is just one decision making body of the club ("Verein"). German law ("BGB") states that the statues of the club have to define which body of the club has which powers/rights. I don't know ABBUC's statues in detail, but hardly any club gives the general assembly far-reaching powers down to the level of individual activities, including financial matters. That is what the headship ("Vorstand") of the club is voted into office for. So unless anything else is written in the club's statuetes, the club's headship can act independently of the assembly (including spending large sums of money) as long as there is a majority decision within the headship and the activities don't run counter the interests of the club.
Of course, if there is a proper motion tabled at the assembly (which requires that this motion is part of the assembly's agenda ("Tagesordnung") and this agenda is delivered to all members within the invitation deadline), then the club' headship cannot act against such a decision. One example this year was the idea to make the sending out of disks with the magazine optional. Currently, this is not possible because the shipping of disks is part of the statutes. To change the statutes, it would have to be part of the assembly's agenda, but the move for this was only made after the invitation with the agenda has been sent out, so no change was possible (this year).
What we have done in the past (at least in the last three years) is an opinion poll at the assembly. Nothing more, but also nothing less. Based on this, the headship can then decide whether to follow up upon this - or not. Of course, in the interest of a good climate in the club, the headship will usually do this, but it could modify the way things are run if it sees it in the club's interest. For example, for the software contest, we voted on rather general changes, but not about the exact wording. As in the past, this will be finalized between the ressort heads and the club's headship. If there had been a "proper" vote on exact wording, we couldn't do that (except in a few circumstances).
In the case of next year's hardware contest, people are probably assuming that things are continuing the way they have been, including having a jury, so it would probably not appease the situation to just depart from the current system without a discussion. Nevertheless, if the headship were interested in taking up JAC's and others' suggestions, the headship could for example decide to open up voting to all members (and not just those present at the JHV). This way, the general modus operandi of the hardware contest would still be the same because we would still have a recommendation of the jury with a suggested placement, but the members would be voting individually before or at the JHV. If required/desired, the online voting portal for the software contest could easily be mirrored for the hardware contest for that purpose.
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