Re: Constitutional amendment: Condorcet/Clone Proof SSD vote tallying
On Thu, May 22, 2003 at 10:21:45AM -0700, John H. Robinson, IV wrote:
> you, sir, are the one changing the meaning of of the word quorum. my
> amendment restores the meaning of quorum with respect to the Debian
> voting mechanism.
> The Oxford English Dictionary:
> 1. Orig., certain justices of the peace, usually of eminent learning or
> ability, whose presence was necessary to constitute a bench; latterly
> the term was loosely applied to all justices.
> please note that at no point does quorum say that the majority have to
> like the business being transacted, just that they must be present. my
> amendment restores the meaning of quorum to quorum.
Nevertheless, at no point during a debian vote is anybody "present" at
any bench or any other such location. It's true, to my knowledge, that
everybody is on this same planet, but that's not something that changes.
Instead, we use the concept of people taking an active part in approving
the option(s) they're voting on.