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Re: xth wrap-up about statement on diversity, statement may be issued without general resolution

On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 10:38:25AM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> Perhaps because under the constitution, position statements are a
> power that the developers exercise under GR, not a power that the DPL
> has?

In spite of the rhetoric tone :-), this is indeed an important point.
Now that you made me double-check, I agree with you. I hereby apologize
for having overlooked this when I proposed to proceed differently. (Too
bad this hasn't been mentioned back then..., but that's life, I guess.)

By the letter of the Constitution, the DPL cannot bless the diversity
statement as a position statement of the Project, even if there is
consensus on it. Nor can Developers as a whole, unless they vote, no
matter the consensus. [*] That is a pity in this specific case, as it
imposes the use of a bureaucratic procedure in one of the (rare)
occasions where it could have been avoided. But dura lex, sed lex.

There seems to be only two ways out of this: (1) have a GR, or (2) turn
a blind eye on the Constitution recommended procedure, accepting we made
a mistake (of which I'm ready to take the blame), and move on. While I
still see the advantage of not doing a GR, I don't think they warrant
doing (2) as that will set a pretty bad precedent.

Bottom line: I propose to have a GR. I think it would be nice if
Francesca starts it, and I hope it will confirm the result of this

Again, my apologies for having suggested to proceed otherwise,

[*] For the Constitution geeks, the quirk is that "[position]
    statements" are explicitly covered by §4.1.5, so they do not fall
    under §5.1.4 ("The Project Leader may […] make any decision for whom
    noone else has responsibility."). Also, §4.1.5 is bound by the
    procedure in §4.2, which is the usual voting procedure. I hereby
    propose this as a nice NM question for the future!
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