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Bug#727708: Call for votes on init system resolution

Andreas Barth <aba@ayous.org> writes:
> * Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org) [140207 02:09]:

>> I also flatly disagree with Adrian over whether we're deadlocked.  I
>> don't see any point in discussing it, though.

> I agree with you, I don't see any reason why we are deadlocked. If we
> want to do yet another round on improving texts this is fine for me,
> but should be finished soon. And the following vote should really be
> finished, and I expect an outcome from the votes and statements I have
> seeing so far.

Just to be very clear here, I do believe that we're deadlocked, even
though I expect the resolution process to be able to spit out a decision.
I don't mean deadlocked in the sense that Condorcet will fail, but rather
deadlock in the sense that the preferences above FD will result in a tie
and the question will be decided by casting vote.

I consider deciding the question by casting vote to be synonymous with
being deadlocked, since the whole point of a casting vote is to break
deadlocks.  I realize, in retrospect, that this may be an idiosyncratic
use of the term "deadlock" and that other people thought I meant that no
option would get a majority above FD.

The casting vote is the process we have, and the process that everyone
agreed to.  But I must say that I'm personally quite uncomfortable with
deciding an issue of this magnitude by casting vote.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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