Re: PROPOSED: [CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT] disambiguation of 4.1.5
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I formally second this proposal.
Branden Robinson <email@example.com> writes:
> * This proposal was originally made to debian-project on 19 July, but
> according to <http://www.debian.org/vote/howto_proposal>, the current
> Project Secretary refuses to recognizes Proposed General Resolutions sent
> to any list other than debian-project.
> * I have been told, secondhand, that the Project Secretary also does not
> accept seconds in forwarded form to the debian-vote list, even if the
> original message along with digital signature is intact and verifiable as
> having come from the person in question. If the sitting Project
> Secretary has found a way to forge digital signatures by forwarding them,
> I am certain the cryptographic community would like to hear about it. In
> the meantime, I apologize to the original seconders for carbon-copying
> them and ask them to second again (if they wish) -- this time directly to
> the debian-vote mailing list -- and, if they have not already done so, to
> subscribe to debian-vote.
> * This is a proposed amendment to the Project Constitution, and under the
> terms of 4.1.2 (quoted below) will require a 3:1 supermajority to pass.
> This is just FYI.
> * Much of the language of this proposal was authored by Manoj Srivastava
> in a similar message to debian-project in July. This proposal, however,
> should not be regarded as substantially similar to his proposal (he did
> not indicate to me that he accepted my message as an amendment to his
> proposal). Therefore, this proposal must stand on its own. In other
> words, this proposal should not be construed as an expression of Manoj's
> position or opinions.
> 4. The Developers by way of General Resolution or election
> 4.1. Powers
> Together, the Developers may:
> 1. Appoint or recall the Project Leader.
> 2. Amend this constitution, provided they agree with a 3:1 majority.
> 3. Override any decision by the Project Leader or a Delegate.
> 4. Override any decision by the Technical Committee, provided they
> agree with a 2:1 majority.
> - 5. Issue nontechnical policy documents and statements.
> + 5. Issue, modify, and withdraw nontechnical policy documents and
> + statements.
> These include documents describing the goals of the project, its
> relationship with other free software entities, and nontechnical
> policies such as the free software licence terms that Debian
> software must meet.
> They may also include position statements about issues of the day.
> 6. Together with the Project Leader and SPI, make decisions about
> property held in trust for purposes related to Debian. (See
> Rationale: The clause being modified has been seen recently to be quite
> ambiguous. Since the original wording appeared to be amenable to two
> wildly different interpretations, this change adds clarifying language to
> the constitution about _changing_ or withdrawing nontechnical documents.
> Furthermore, this amended proposal does not include any orthogonal issues
> such as whether there exist any specific nontechnical documents that
> should require unusual amendment procedures. I think such issues should
> be decided on separately, since it is quite possible that reasonable
> developers can feel that the above is a reasonable clarification of the
> Constitution with such belief necessitating a particular position on the
> issues of special nontechnical documents, their identity, or their
> G. Branden Robinson |
> Debian GNU/Linux | If encryption is outlawed, only outlaws
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> http://www.debian.org/~branden/ |
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