Bug#210879: Questions about Quorum / short
Short comments... see next message for longer ones. (Nothing bilious.)
On 2 Nov 2003, at 13:10, Manoj Srivastava helpfully wrote:
> > Is there a 'canonical' way of finding, or place to find, the current
> > number of developers?
> Given the Debian keyrings (available from keyring.debian.org),
> you can try running dvt-quorum from the package devotee (the arch
> repository for that is at
Tried it, but it's too complicated for just fetching one number.
I wish there was a web page or some sort of server that simply had the current
number of developers somewhere; other users might find it convenient as well.
Maybe that's a separate 'wishlist' bug...
> > Is the current number of developers likely to fall below 100?
> Highly unlikely.
I should have said 65 developers, and if that number is even more unlikely,
then that's all the more reason the text might be condensed, sans algebra.
> > Is there a rationale behind this quorum formula of '3/2 of a square root'?
> It feels right. The sqrt ensures that the quorum growsx
> monotonically as the developer body grows, but does not rise too fast
> so as to make votes hard. It it's attractive because it works well
> even with absurdly low quorums; and it's roughly sensible, and no
> one's come up with any reason to do anything different
Thank you for the explanation.