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Re: What your ballot should look like if you're in favor of releasing sarge

On Fri, Jun 25, 2004 at 10:15:34AM +0200, Jeroen van Wolffelaar wrote:
> In elections for governments, it is a custom to have just before the
> elections a debate among the most important parties, one has reviews of
> party's viewpoints by commentators in newspapers et al. The reason is
> that the vast majority of the electorat doesn't have the time nor
> expertise to read and judge on the full program of those where one can
> vote for, because they are lengty, and complicated. One also often has a
> 'kieswijzer', a tool where a few dozen questions about your opinion are
> asked, handling exactly about the differences among parties, which at
> the end gives a nice chart which party has the same viewpoint, and which
> not.
> Within Debian, some of these problems for voters exist too. The social
> contract is relatively lengty, considering every word can be important.
> Also, I think I can safely assume that the majority of DD's are no
> experts in legalese texts dissecting, where it is very important to
> exactly know the meaning of certain words. Heck, the majority(?) of DD's
> doesn't even have English as their native language. Thus, also for DD's
> it can easily happen they don't have time nor the necessary expertise to
> fully understand what a give ballot is about, even if the ballot itself
> is complete.
> Therefore, I think also within Debian, it can be very useful to have
> objective pro's and con's of proposals, a debate between a few
> knowledgable people (not a 200+ messages flamewar, that doesn't help),
> etc. I notice that this vote, this is a bit happening more or less
> already by means of those vote advices, though not all of them are very
> objective.

That was kinda the point of the thread...

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