Re: Filibustering general resolutions
On Tue, Sep 19, 2006 at 10:09:04AM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> Due to a loop hole in the constitution, any group of 6 Debian
> developers can delay any general resolution indefinitely by putting
> up their own amendment, and every 6 days, making substantiative
> changes in their amendment (they can just rotate between a small
> number of very different proposals).
> Previously, I had stated that I, in my role as secretary,
> would set an deadline for proposals two weeks in the future, and any
> proposals past the deadline would go no a separate ballot, in order
> to break the filibuster, even though the constitution did not
> specifically permit that.
> I realize now that that would be a an egregious abuse of the
> powers of the secretary, censorship, and grievously wrong
> procedure. I am no longer willing to step in and break filibusters.
> The project should decide how it wants to handle filibustering,
> if it feels like doing anything about it, of course. But now, any GR
> has a veto contingent of only 6 developers.
If a group of developers started filibustering a GR over and over
again, the DAMs would be well within their rights to pull the accounts
of the people in question.
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