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Re: Please reject to rule on the ndiswrapper question

On Tue, Feb 28, 2006 at 10:52:49PM +0100, Jeroen van Wolffelaar wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 28, 2006 at 02:05:16PM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> > The correct way to proceed would seem to be a ruling by a body
> > authorized to make authoritative interpretations of the Social Contract,
> > or, failing that (since I believe we have no such body), a General
> > Resolution.

> You (or whoever feels strongly about this) could also provide a
> motivation to ftpmaster@ why you believe so, and ask for
> reconsideration. Everybody, even the ftp-master team, can make
> mistakes, or be persuadated to change mind provided with a good
> argumentation. I also note that the only ftp-master team member that
> spoke up in this thread seems to be inclined to prefer contrib over main
> for this package. There was no mail at all to ftpmaster@ about this, nor
> a bugreport filed/reassigned to the ftp.debian.org pseudopackage.

> Shouldn't overruling of any sort only happen after talking to the
> involved parties failed to yield a satisfactionary response? C.f.
> Constitution 6.3.6:

> | Technical Committee makes decisions only as last resort.
> | 
> | The Technical Committee does not make a technical decision until efforts
> | to resolve it via consensus have been tried and failed, unless it has
> | been asked to make a decision by the person or body who would normally
> | be responsible for it.

> Of course, this paragraph only applies if one assumes the (initial)
> authority to make the main vs contrib decision is with ftp-master, but I
> believe it is.

You and I both know that the ftp team is not going to unilaterally move a
package from main to contrib; the package would need to be reuploaded, by
the maintainer or in NMU, and pass through the NEW queue.  If an upload had
been made to move ndiswrapper to contrib and the ftp team had rejected this
upload, that would definitely be an ftp team decision to be discussed
between the ftp team and the uploader, with an appeal to the tech ctte if an
agreement cannot be reached.  But the only decision the ctte has been asked
to overturn here has been the decision of the package maintainer to have the
package in main, and the maintainer has explicitly said he will not move the
package without a ruling from the tech ctte.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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