Draft GR for supermajority fix
Again, would be followed by my clause 2 re amendments.
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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- TC Supermajority Fix
Prior to the Clone Proof SSD GR in June 2003, the Technical
Committee could overrule a Developer with a supermajority of 3:1.
Unfortunately, the definition of supermajorities in the SSD GR has a
fencepost error. In the new text a supermajority requirement is met
only if the ratio of votes in favour to votes against is strictly
greater than the supermajority ratio.
In the context of the Technical Committee voting to overrule a
developer that means that it takes 4 votes to overcome a single
dissenter. And with a maximum committee size of 8, previously two
dissenters could be overruled by all 6 remaining members; now that
is no longer possible.
This change was unintentional, was contrary to the original intent
of the Constitution, and is unhelpful.
Therefore, in the Debian Constitution amend A.6(3) as follows:
3. Any (non-default) option which does not defeat the default
option by its required majority ratio is dropped from
1. Given two options A and B, V(A,B) is the number of voters
who prefer option A over option B.
- 2. An option A defeats the default option D by a majority
- ratio N, if V(A,D) is strictly greater than N * V(D,A).
- 3. If a supermajority of S:1 is required for A, its majority
- ratio is S; otherwise, its majority ratio is 1.
+ 2. An option A defeats the default option D by its
+ required majority ratio if:
+ (a) V(A,D) is strictly greater than V(D,A); and
+ (b) if a supermajority of N:M is required for A,
+ M * V(A,D) is greater than or equal to N * V(D,A).
The effect is to fix the fencepost bug. A 1:1 vote will need
strictly more in favour than against, but an N:1 vote will need only
exactly N:1. This will also have a (neglible) effect on any General
Resolutions requiring supermajorities.
For the avoidance of any doubt, this change does not affect any
votes (whether General Resolutions or votes in the Technical
Committee) in progress at the time the change is made.
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