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Thanks and Decision making working group (was Re: General Resolution: Statement regarding Richard Stallman's readmission to the FSF board result)

Hi Kurt

On 2021/04/18 13:20, Debian Project Secretary - Kurt Roeckx wrote:
> The details of the results are available at:
> https://www.debian.org/vote/2021/vote_002

Thanks for all your work on this vote, I believe that you made excellent
decisions as project secretary and it seems that all views that were
expressed on -vote were well represented in the vote, so again, I think
I can talk on behalf of the project here when I'm giving special thanks
for your work.

However, I don't think we're quite in a position to pat ourselves on the
back here. This vote has once again highlighted some problems in our
methods for making decisions. I think that we should set up a working
group to specifically deal with voting, polling and project-wide
decision making so that we can deal more efficiently with problems in
the future.

While this vote caught a lot of heat, essentially it's quite a trivial
vote. Ultimately it had become a question of if and how we should
respond to an external situation. I think that as Debian grows, as the
free software eco-system grows, and as software gets ever more ingrained
in our every day life, the questions and problems we're going to face
will become increasingly complex and that we should adapt to be able to
deal with those as a project.

Can we go ahead and set up such a working group? I'm thinking that it
would involve mailing list discussions, video calls, sessions at
DebConf, probably at least one GR, research on different voting methods
that could be used, voting software, etc. Fortunately, we're not the
only organisation in the world facing issues like these and we can make
use of some external experts too. Although all of this will also take
some time and effort so I'd really like to have you on board as one of
the drivers of this project and also others who have a keen interest in
this. What do you think?


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