Draft GR for permitting private discussion
Here is a draft. The idea would be this, followed by my clause 2 re
accepting amendments (which I've just sent a copy of to the TC and
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1. The Debian Technical Committee hereby exercises its power in
4.2(1) of the Debian Constitution to propose the following
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Constitutional Amendment: Permit TC to hold informal private conversations
On a number of occasions recently, enquirers have emailed TC
members' personal addreses to informally seek members' views. This
has worked well; however it is not clear that Constitution permits
it. This situation should be regularised.
On occasion the TC has been asked to decide on maintainership of
packages. It is very difficult to hold the necessary discussions,
which inevitably involve discussion of personalitiees, in public.
At the moment the TC is unable to take on a mediation role, since
mediation necessarily involves each party to a dispute conversing
privately with the mediator. The TC should be able to mediate if
the TC, and parties to a dispute, wish it to do so.
Actual decisionmaking must still place in public of course.
Therefore, amend the Debian Constitution 6.3 as follows (wdiff -i):
3. Public [-discussion and-] decision-making.
Draft resolutions and amendments, and votes by members of the
committee, are made public on the Technical Committee public
discussion list. There is no separate secretary for the
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