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Bug#741573: Proposed draft of ballot to resolve menu/desktop question

Le mardi, 18 août 2015, 14.01:27 Don Armstrong a écrit :
> On Mon, 17 Aug 2015, Sam Hartman wrote:
> > >>>>> "Don" == Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> writes:
> >     Don> On Sun, 16 Aug 2015, Didier 'OdyX' Raboud wrote:
> >     >> What about "just" adding Keith's proposal to the ballot, and
> >     >> let
> >     >> the Condorcet magic act?
> >     
> >     Don> This has sort of been my plan; I just have not had enough
> >     spare
> >     Don> cycles in the past few weeks (grant deadlines) to have the
> >     time
> >     Don> necessary to work through Keith's plan and shift it into a
> >     Don> specific patch to policy.
> > 
> > If you add Keith's proposal as well as an explanation of our
> > technical objection to what debian-policy came up with it, I might
> > even vote for it.
> This is my plan. The proposal needs to be written up as a specific
> patch to policy, with a separate rationale, and then we can actually
> vote on it as a separate option in the ballot.

I'm not convinced: I see Keith's proposal as "TC setting technical 
policy without actually phrasing the detailed patch for the Debian 
Policy document" as a fine course of action for us to take. Actually, 
I'm afraid that crafting the detailed Policy patch would put the 
concerned sections of Policy under some sort of "TC dome", which I don't 
see as a desirable outcome.

Formulated differently, I prefer deciding on a technical _choice_ rather 
than a detailed Policy patch. ABC options are to be seen differently, as 
they are pre-existing Debian Policy patches. Finally, I really have a 
hard time seeing how crafting a Debian Policy patch ourselves doesn't 
fall under §6.3.5 "no detailed design work - The TC does not engage in 
design of new (…) policies", whereas Keith's proposal is more clearly 	
§6.1.1 "decide of any matter of technical policy".


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