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

Charles Plessy <plessy@debian.org> writes:

> In my understanding of the Constitution, it is totally acceptable to
> write on our website that we welcome everybody, without voting a GR.
> What would require a GR would be to write that it is Debian's position
> that we welcome everybody.

That's actually part of the reason why I, personally, would like it to be
a GR.  I'd like to see the Debian Project make that statement, and putting
the stamp of official blessing of a GR on it does make that statement
somewhat stronger (and hence somewhat more effective in extending that

> The problem with a strict interpretation of the Constitution is for
> instance that there are other documents in a somewhat similar case as
> the diversity welcoming message, like the « Debian Position on Software
> Patents ».

Personally, I think there would be a lot of merit in holding a GR on that
as well.  Legal issues are always highly contentious, and it's easier to
tell people to follow that position with their Debian work when it's been
voted on as a GR.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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