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Re: Dec 15 voting amendment draft


        This is the new version, with the input of people on the

  Jochen Voss <jvoss2@web.de>, Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org>:
	Re worded section 3 to "when the outcome is no longer in doubt"

  Jochen Voss <jvoss2@web.de>"
        A.3: Added quotes around Further discussion.
  I think the construct "...If none of the sponsors of any of the
  proposals object" is correct, no matter how non-intuitive it looks
  to non English speakers.

  Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org>:
   Added A.2(4) with similar rewording as A.2(2)

  Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org>:
   Reworded A.3(1) 

  Jochen Voss <jvoss2@web.de>, Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org>,
   Steve Greenland <steveg@moregruel.net>
  Stylistic consistency when referring to options A, B, etc. Also
  changed the letter denoting Quorum requirements from Q to R, since
  Q has been already defined previously in another context. 




Under 4.2 Procedure [for developers during a general resolution or
election], change item 3 to read:

    3. Votes are taken by the Project Secretary. Votes, tallies, and
       results are not revealed during the voting period; after the
       vote the Project Secretary lists all the votes cast. The voting
       period is 2 weeks, but may be varied by up to 1 week by the
       Project Leader, and may be ended by the Project Secretary when
       the outcome is no longer in doubt.  In this context, we ignore
       the possibility that people might want to change their vote.


Under 5.2 Appointment of project leader, change item 7 to read:

    7. The decision will be made using the method specified in section
       A.6 of the Standard Resolution Procedure.  The quorum is the
       same as for a General Resolution (s.4.2) and the default
       option is "None Of The Above".


Under 6.1 Powers [of the technical committee], change item 7 to read:

    7. Appoint the Chairman of the Technical Committee.  The Chairman
       is elected by the Committee from its members. All members of
       the committee are automatically nominated; the committee vote
       starting one week before the post will become vacant (or
       immediately, if it is already too late). The members may vote
       by public acclamation for any fellow committee member,
       including themselves; there is no default option. The vote
       finishes when all the members have voted or when the outcome is
       no longer in doubt. The result is determined using the method
       specified in section A.6 of the Standard Resolution Procedure.


Under A.2 Calling for a vote, change item 2 to read

    2. The proposer or any sponsor of a resolution may call for a vote on that
       resolution and all related amendments.
    4. The minimum discussion period is counted from the time the last
       formal amendment was accepted, or since the whole resolution
       was proposed if no amendments have been proposed and accepted.


Replace A.3 with:

  A.3. Voting procedure

    1. Each resolution and its related amendments is voted on in a
       single ballot, that includes an option for the original
       resolution, each amendment, and the default option (where
    2. The default option must not have any supermajority requirements.
       Options which do not have an explicit supermajority requirement
       have a 1:1 majority requirement.
    3. The votes are counted according to the the rules in A.6.
       Unless otherwise specified, the default option is "Further
    4. In cases of doubt the Project Secretary shall decide on matters
       of procedure.


Replace A.5 with:

  A.5. Expiry

   If a proposed resolution has not been discussed, amended, voted on or
   otherwise dealt with for 4 weeks the secretary may issue a statement
   that the issue is being withdrawn.  If none of the sponsors of any
   of the proposals object within a week, the issue is withdrawn.

   The secretary may also include suggestions on how to proceed,
   if appropriate.


Replace A.6 with:

   A.6 Vote Counting

     1. Each voter's ballot ranks the options being voted on.  Not all
        options need be ranked.  Ranked options are considered
        preferred to all unranked options.  Voters may rank options
        equally.  Unranked options are considered to be ranked equally
        with one another.  Details of how ballots may be filled out
        will be included in the Call For Votes.
     2. If the ballot has a quorum requirement R any options other
        than the default option which do not receive at least R votes
        ranking that option above the default option are dropped from
     3. Any (non-default) option which does not defeat the default option
        by its required majority ratio is dropped from consideration.
        a. Given two options A and B, V(A,B) is the number of voters
           who prefer option A over option B.
        b. An option A defeats the default option D by a majority
           ratio N, if V(A,D) is strictly greater than N * V(D,A).
        c. If a supermajority of S:1 is required for A, it's majority ratio
           is S, otherwise it's majority ratio is 1.
     4. We construct the Schwartz set based on undropped options and
           a. An option A defeats an option B, if V(A,B) is strictly
              greater than V(B,A).
           b. An option A transitively defeats an option C if A
              defeats C or if there is some other option B where A
              defeats B AND B transitively defeats C.
           c. An option A is in the Schwartz set if for all options B,
              either A transitively defeats B, or B does not transitively
              defeat A.
     5. If there are defeats between options in the Schwartz set, we
        drop the weakest such defeats, and return to step 4.
           a. A defeat (A,X) is weaker than a defeat (B,Y) if V(A,X)
              is less than V(B,Y).  Also, (A,X) is weaker than (B,Y)
              if V(A,X) is equal to V(B,Y) and V(X,A) is greater than
           b. A weakest defeat is a defeat that has no other defeat
              weaker than it.  There may be more than one such defeat.
     6. If there are no defeats within the Schwartz set, then the winner
        is chosen from the options in the Schwartz set.  If there is
        only one such option, it is the winner. If there are multiple
        options, the elector with a casting vote chooses which of those
        options wins.  

     "RATIONALE": Options which the voters rank above the default option
     are options they find acceptable.  Options ranked below the default
     options are options they find unacceptable.


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don't know. Is it some kind of wine you have with breakfast?
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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