Re: Constitutional, Parliamentary Issues (was Re: CFV: Non-freearchive removal)
Hmm. When we were talking about the consitution, I definitely
did not envisage we would be having this kind of an acrimonius debate
on interpretations of the document.
Indeed, now that it appears to be a matter of interpretation,
with two wildly different interpretations, I would not be averse to
clarifying the language in the constitution about _changing_ non
technical documents; indeed, I would be in favout of specifyihng the
DFSG and the Social contract as special case documents in the
We could add in the better than a simple majority clause for
modifying the DFSG and social contract in at the same time; which
would perhaps address the concerns of a number of people.
Please consider this a trial baloon for that idea; if it seems
like a good idea, perhaps we can get a constitutional amendment in
that addresses the constitutionality of changing these documents (and
allay the fears that some have about frivolous, or hasty, changes to
core documents for the project).
>>"Craig" == Craig Sanders <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Craig> On Sat, Jul 08, 2000 at 07:52:57PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
>> On Sat, Jul 08, 2000 at 01:49:00PM +1000, Craig Sanders wrote:
ajt> > > It has not only been asserted, but proven through the quote
ajt> > > of DC 4.1.5.
Craig> > that is your assertion. it also has not been proved.
ajt> And conversely your assertion that Debian can't modify existing
ajt> documents hasn't been proved. Since this is a matter of
Craig> no, not actually. it's not a matter of interpretation.
ajt> I hope we'll all accept the secretary's interpretation when he makes
ajt> it known?
Craig> even the secretary does not have the power to override the constitution.
Craig> in fact, as an office bearer under the constitution he has an even
Craig> greater obligation to abide by the constitution than ordinary members.
"Don't discount flying pigs before you have good air defense."
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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