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Re: Constitutional, Parliamentary Issues (was Re: CFV: Non-freearchive removal)


        Hmm. When we were talking about the consitution, I definitely
 did not envisage we would be having this kind of an acrimonius debate
 on interpretations of the document.

 	Indeed, now that it appears to be a matter of interpretation,
 with two wildly different interpretations, I would not be averse to
 clarifying the language in the constitution about _changing_ non
 technical documents; indeed, I would be in favout of specifyihng the
 DFSG and the Social contract as special case documents in the
 constitution itself.

 	We could add in the better than a simple majority clause for
 modifying the DFSG and social contract in at the same time; which
 would perhaps address the concerns of a number of people.

	Please consider this a trial baloon for that idea; if it seems
 like a good idea, perhaps we can get a constitutional amendment in
 that addresses the constitutionality of changing these documents (and
 allay the fears that some have about frivolous, or hasty, changes to
 core documents for the project).


>>"Craig" == Craig Sanders <cas@taz.net.au> writes:

 Craig> On Sat, Jul 08, 2000 at 07:52:57PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
 >> On Sat, Jul 08, 2000 at 01:49:00PM +1000, Craig Sanders wrote:
 ajt> > > It has not only been asserted, but proven through the quote
 ajt> > > of DC 4.1.5. 

 Craig> > that is your assertion.  it also has not been proved.

 ajt> And conversely your assertion that Debian can't modify existing
 ajt> documents hasn't been proved. Since this is a matter of
 ajt> interpretation, 

 Craig> no, not actually.  it's not a matter of interpretation.

 ajt> I hope we'll all accept the secretary's interpretation when he makes
 ajt> it known?

 Craig> even the secretary does not have the power to override the constitution.
 Craig> in fact, as an office bearer under the constitution he has an even
 Craig> greater obligation to abide by the constitution than ordinary members.

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