Re: Second call for votes for the debian project leader election 2007
On Wed, 28 Mar 2007 09:31:10 +0200 (CEST), Andreas Tille <email@example.com> said:
> On Tue, 27 Mar 2007, Ben Pfaff wrote:
>> However, this is the only ballot I recall containing non-ASCII
>> characters, which could be the cause.
> Ahhh, this is a typical cause of problems. So we have three
> 1) fix software that interprets incoming mails
There is nothing wrong with the software that interprets
incoming mails; the mails that fail actually fail cryptographic
checks since they have been masssaged by the MUA/MTA afterwards,
because the MUA did not do the encoding _before_ signing the body.
> 2) issue an alternate ballot where 'ë' in Raphaël is simplified as
> 'e' (and we agree that this is the same person as Raphaël)
Which would mean that anyone sending in the current official
ballot would get their vote rejected, since the integrity checks will
fail. I am not a proponent of hacking away at unrelated software to
ameliorate bugs in other software; the problems here seem to be using
bad MUA software that can't, in this day and age, handle signed mail
using accented chanracters.
> 3) do not accept DPLs with non-ASCI names. ;-))
Sure, if you think that is better than fixing broken MUAs.
> Probably 2 is the esiest to implement solution for the moment
> without discriminating anybody.
No, that discriminates against people who have working MUA
software and use the current ballot, which has been posted often
enough, and has been available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changing a ballot mid stream is not a good idea.
Oppernockity tunes but once.
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/>
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