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Debian Project Leader Elections 2008: Call for nominations


        According to the constitution (5.2. Appointment), project
 leader elections should begin "six weeks before the leadership post
 becomes vacant, or (if it is too late already) immediately."

        The new project leader term starts on April 17th, and that
 sets the time line:
 | Period     | Start                    | End                      |
 | Nomination | Sunday, March  2nd, 2008 | Sunday, March  9th, 2008 |
 | Campaign   | Sunday, March  9th, 2008 | Sunday, March 30th, 2008 |
 | Vote       | Sunday, March 30th, 2008 | Sunday, April 13th, 2008 |

        Prospective leaders should be familiar with the constitution,
 but, just to review: there's a one week period when interested
 developers nominate themselves and announce their platform, followed by
 a three week period with no nominations [intended for campaigning],
 followed by two weeks for the election itself.

        I intend to collect platform statements from the candidates,
 and publish them on a known location (somewhere under
 www.debian.org/vote) at the end of the nomination period and the
 beginning of the campaign -- which means around Sunday, March 9th.

        I suggest that the candidates send the platform, preferably in
 HTML/SGML, to the secretary at least a couple of days before the
 publication date.

        I'll be travelling around then (March 7th-9th in Washington DC,
 March 10th to March 14th in San Diego, CA), so I might as for help in
 posting the platforms up on vote.debian.org, unless the candidates can
 send me their platform before March 6th. 

        This should give the candidates enough time to craft their
 platforms, I should think. The format of the web page is open to
 discussion, but I suggest there be at least three sections:
  a) Introduction/Biography
  b) Major Goal/ Meat of the platform,
  c) Rebuttal.

        After the publication, there share be a one week period for
 each candidate to create a rebuttal, and the rebuttals shall be
 published on March 16th, 2008.

       In the past, we have conducted DPL debates on a special IRC
 channel set up for the purpose. Don Armstrong and MJ Ray have
 volunteered to head this effort, like in previous years.  I would like
 to invite people to help them with this effort.  The debate should be
 held on IRC, and the time to do so would be after the rebuttals have
 been posted by the candidates, and the campaigns have been well
 established, and people have had time to think up questions, and before
 the voting starts, at the convenience of the candidates, and the
 panelists (which kinda puts it roughly in the nones or the ides of
 March, I think).

        Please make sure that nominations are sent to (or cc:'d to)
 debian-vote, and are cryptographically signed.



"Benson, you are so free of the ravages of intelligence" Time Bandits
Debian Project Secretary <secretary@debian.org> <http://vote.debian.org//>
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