I had Carol's same worry that while it's great to have a "no sooner than" date, we also can't let this drag on and we have no "settle by" date, else we risk losing the faith of the community in our ability to come together and make decisions (e.g. if I heard it took a year for a project to resolve this then I would think there was some major divisiveness on the team).
So could we go with Nathaniel's idea of no decision before October, but any proposals to be ready by then as well as Ethan suggested?
I would also propose we have a goal of at least choosing the governance model by the end of the year (and a stretch goal to even have people placed into created positions by then as well). I have no problem with sooner, but I think it might be good to try to put _some_ upper bound on this.
So what about the following timelines:
Oct 1: Deadline for people to come up with proposals of governance model, candidates, and how to vote
Dec 1: Deadline to choose a governance model, (and if possible, we choose the new leader(s) too)
Jan 1: Deadline to choose the new leader(s), if not already chosen by Dec 1.