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Re: Proposed ballot for the constitutional amendment

On Tue, 14 Oct 2003 08:54:38 -0600, Joel Baker <fenton@debian.org> said: 

> The best answer, thus, is probably to remove the entire construct,
> since it is easily confusing and prone to argument, and replace it
> with a simpler and more easily construed one, such as "The voting
> mechanism cannot currently handle encrypted ballots; if you encrypt
> your ballot, it will be rejected."

	The replacement text you propose does not convey the same
 meaning as the original did;  and trying to convey the nuances in
 less precise speech would make the construct cumbersome. ("shall not"
 is a more emphatic term, and the "cannot currently handle" implies
 intent that is not correct).

> Ambiguity and working the brain is a good thing in literature, and a
> very bad thing when writing documentation, especially technical
> documentation (which is what instructions on using our voting system
> are, by nature).

	I somehow doubt that people won't replace "shall"  with
 "will"; or that some how "He shall not" is construed as "He may" by
 my fellow non-native speaker.

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