How to reratify the DFSG ?
I'd like the opinions of the developers regarding a conflict of
interest I think I have.
We need to ratify the DFSG according to the soon-to-be-inplace
However, I personally have at least one outstanding issue with the
DFSG that I'd like to see changed - the `patches only' exception in
para.4. There are also a number of other issues that need to be
resolved. In particular, the status of standards and documentation in
general needs to be sorted out.
Furthermore, I think the DFSG isn't very well-worded in general - it
seems to have a couple of rather specific points where general rules
would be better. For example, it says there must be `no
discrimination against fields of endeavour'; surely it should say that
no restrictions are allowed except ones that it should list.
So, I have a wide spectrum of choices. Naturally I could push my own
agenda (and, being a zealot I think this would be the Right Thing, of
course). The leadership role has a lot of ability to control the text
of documents, especially if the document is proposed by the leader.
An alternative is that where contentious changes are made I could fail
to accept my own amendments, thus allowing them to be voted on. We
could even have an `old version vs. new version' vote. This is
probably my preferred course of action. It would allow me to write
the text in a way that I feel is clear and correct, but allow the
developers to decide on the meaning.
At the other end of the scale, I could delegate the whole job of
ratifying the DFSG to someone who strongly agrees with the current
meaning and wording and place myself in the position of a developer.
However, I'm not necessarily convinced that this would make it easy
enough to get even essential and uncontroversial wording changes
So, what do people thing ?
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