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Bug#990426: www.debian.org: Clarify status of list of old TC decisions

Package: www.debian.org
Tags: patch
X-debbugs-cc: debian-ctte@lists.debian.org

Dear webmasters,

At a recent TC meeting[1] it was noted that the list of decisions on the
TC page on the Debian website is quite out-of-date -- for example,
appointing new members is done using our official decision-making
process, but none of the decision processes leading to the appointments
of any of the sitting members of the committee are listed :)

Our view is that while the BTS records of discussions and decisions are
the source of truth, it is valuable to have the website page too, as
it's quite interesting for anyone interested in Debian history.  We also
thought that it is not a problem if it doesn't get kept up-to-date until
someone gets around to it.

However, we thought it would be best if some text on the page linked to
the BTS archives, and notes that the www page is often out-of-date.
There is some language to this effect already but it is only attached to
one section of the page and does not clearly state that the BTS is the
official record.  So I would like to propose the attached patch.


[1]  http://meetbot.debian.net/debian-ctte/2021/debian-ctte.2021-05-12-18.00.log.html

Sean Whitton
From 4e667d4efa461770e83c842bcd737380616c934e Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Sean Whitton <spwhitton@spwhitton.name>
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2021 13:53:39 -0700
Subject: [PATCH] Be explicit that source of truth for TC activities is the BTS

See minutes of TC meeting on 12th May 2021 for discussion:
 english/devel/tech-ctte.wml | 22 +++++++++++-----------
 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+), 11 deletions(-)

diff --git a/english/devel/tech-ctte.wml b/english/devel/tech-ctte.wml
index 6e672da1626..f619bcf3be6 100644
--- a/english/devel/tech-ctte.wml
+++ b/english/devel/tech-ctte.wml
@@ -100,8 +100,13 @@ Debian Organizational Structure</a> page.
 <p>The <a href="https://lists.debian.org/debian-ctte/";>committee mailing list
 is archived</a>.</p>
-<p><a href="https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?pkg=tech-ctte";>Questions pending decision</a>
-can be reviewed in the bug tracking system.</p>
+<p>The official record of both discussions and decisions is the bug tracking
+system: you can view <a
+pending decision</a> and <a
+discussions and decisions</a>.  The lists of decisions further down this page
+is often out-of-date and are maintained primarily for historical interest.</p>
 <toc-add-entry name="repository">VCS repository</toc-add-entry>
@@ -112,11 +117,6 @@ for collaboration.</p>
 <h3>Formal technical decisions, including recommendations and advice</h3>
-<p> The decision history sections are not necessarily up to date.
-  (<a href="https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?pkg=tech-ctte;archive=yes";>Older
-  questions and decisions</a> can be viewed in the bug tracking
-  system.)</p>
   <li><a href="https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/03/msg00001.html";>2019-03-05</a>
     <a href="https://bugs.debian.org/914897";>Bug #914897:</a>The
@@ -293,8 +293,8 @@ inclusion of code to create isdn devices by isdnutils.</li>
     Manoj; no-one else voted and Ian used his casting vote.</li>
-<p>NB that decisions from before the 1st of April 2002 are not yet
-recorded here.</p>
+<p>NB that no decisions from before the 1st of April 2002 are yet recorded
+here yet.</p>
 <h3>Formal nontechnical and procedural decisions</h3>
@@ -337,8 +337,8 @@ recorded here.</p>
-<p>NB that decisions from before the 31st of January 2002 are not yet
-recorded here.</p>
+<p>NB that no decisions from before the 31st of January 2002 are recorded here
 <toc-add-entry name="retiredmembers">Retired members</toc-add-entry>

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