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Re: Election Dates

On 16-Dec-98 Mike Goldman wrote:
> Nothing prevents other prospective candidates from nominating themselves now,
> or even
> campaigning in advance of formal nomination.  If you and the other present
> candidates
> all want to keep quiet between now and the end of the nomination period, that
> is fine,
> but if there is less than unanimous agreement to do so, you do not have a
> unilateral
> right to prevent others from campaigning.

If the constitution is violating someone's "free speech", submit a proposal to
have it changed.  If you think I'm reading the constitution wrong, tell me...
but these are two different issues.  Saying that "not allowing campaigning
during the first three weeks violates your free speech rights" is not going to
change the fact the the constitution that Debian adopted and agreed (in this
case, lack of a negative vote is assumed to be quiet acceptance) to abide by
says no campaigning during the the nomination period. 

I can already hear somebody saying "but I didn't accept, I didn't even vote"
but I don't think that's a valid argument, either, for disregarding what the
constitution says.

> Darren's post further suggested
> that
> non-candidates ought not to post DPL election-related messages during this
> period,
> which is a fairly serious circumscription of developers' speech.

Specificly, I *asked* that non-canidates not post messages that might intice
the canidates to respond.  If I were to post a long message on why Joe Brown
isn't qualified to run Debian, he'd be really really tempted to defend himself
and point out why he IS the perfect canidate....   Or if you were to ask the
canidates what their opinion of staring to include non-free as part of the
official Debian, well, they'd be rude to just ignore the question.. not
answer.. and stating their opinions would be campaigning.  If you really really
have to know, you could always email them privatly... This isn't any sort of
*law* more of a favor to the rest of Debian.

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