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Re: supermajority options

>>"Branden" == Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> writes:

 Branden> On Tue, Nov 19, 2002 at 05:54:30PM -0500, Raul Miller wrote:
 >> [1] The simplest: discard supermajority entirely.  Nothing special is
 >> required to override "important decisions".  This has some elegantly
 >> simple mathematical properties but I don't know of any other argument
 >> for it.

 Branden> I support this.  I'd rather see whether or not we screw up in the
 Branden> absence of supermajority requirements instead of just assuming that we
 Branden> will.

	I think this is not really a matter of screwing up, this is a
 matter of, in some cases, avoiding the tyranny of the majority;
 allowing a preset minority to block an amendment.

	There are a number of cases where this may be used; one of
 which apparently gets Branden's goat: requiring changes to what I
 called foundation documents to get the buy in of a more than 51% of
 voting members.

	My contention is that there are a number of documents that
 define what the project is; and that we agreed to follow when we
 signed on to the project, and any changes to these documents, which
 cut to the heart of not just the developers, but the whole free
 software community (the DFSG is known as the gating criteria for free
 software far beyond the extents of the project), ought to be signed
 on by _most_ of the developers.

	So, supermajorities are, in my opinion, still needed for cases
 where we want a (very) rough consensus, where mere majority ought not
 be the sole criteria for adopting a measure.

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 him better, and (c) gets better, then no power of reasoning known to
 medical science can convince him that it may not have been the
 treatment that restored his health. Sir Peter Medawar, The Art of the
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