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Re: Filibustering general resolutions

On Tue, Sep 19, 2006 at 10:09:04AM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> Hi,
>         Due to a loop hole in the constitution, any group of 6 Debian
>  developers can delay any general resolution indefinitely by putting
>  up their own amendment, and every 6 days, making substantiative
>  changes in their amendment (they can just rotate between a small
>  number of very different proposals).
>         Previously, I had stated that I, in my role as secretary,
>  would set an deadline for proposals two weeks in the future, and any
>  proposals past the deadline would go no a separate ballot, in order
>  to break the filibuster, even though the constitution did not
>  specifically permit that.
>         I realize now that that would be a an egregious abuse of the
>  powers of the secretary, censorship, and grievously wrong
>  procedure. I am no longer willing to step in and break filibusters.
>         The project should decide how it wants to handle filibustering,
>  if it feels like doing anything about it, of course. But now, any GR
>  has a veto contingent of only 6 developers.

If a group of developers started filibustering a GR over and over
again, the DAMs would be well within their rights to pull the accounts
of the people in question.

A denial of service attack is grounds for exclusion and DMUP states:
"Don't by any ... reckless ... act interfere with the work of another
developer ...".


Pascal Hakim                                        +61 403 411 672
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