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Need for policy on fund raising (was Re: New policy is not consensual)

Le 2011-10-17 23:06, Fernando C. Estrada a écrit :
Hi Raphaël,

On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 02:25:13PM +0200, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
BTW you have not expressed any opinion on the more neutral entry that
I suggested in

Would it be more acceptable than the initial proposal or does that
make no difference to you?
I understand your position and the new rewording is more informative, if
you were a stranger in Debian my refusal would be outright, but in your
case in a personal way I support your (Rolando included) initiative
mainly because I deeply admire all the great work you have done, and as
you know I want to help in the Spanish L10N of the book.

The problem for me is that DPN is not about personal point of view, is
a responsability to inform about the Debian Project and on behalf of it,
so the reason of my decision is based on avoid exceptions that serve to
set a precedent about the Debian Project encouraging and promoting
monetary support (via advertising, fundraising campagins, etc.) to some
of its members. As an example of the problem for me, if the mention
about the campaign to raise funds to allow the English L10N and the
"liberation" of your book appears in the DPN, what prevents that other
mentions like this one [1] does not appear?

Editing the DPN is not just about applying policies. We need a lot more judgment than we need policies. As long as our editors have good judgment, we can prevent anything that policy can prevent.

Some may find this article interesting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slippery_slope Again, we do not need to have policies on content. We can however have guidelines (note: although the edit in question is on the Guidelines page, it was indeed labelled as "policy"). The difference can be compared to laws versus precedents. We could have a guideline and even refer to this as a case.

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