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Second Call for votes for the Constitutional Amendment GR to disambiguate section 4.1.5



Hi,

      [At the time of writing, just into the second week of the
       voting period, 171 ballots have been received, with 42 being
       rejected, resulting in 124 valid votes from 129
       developers.

       This trails the participation in this years DPL vote (which in
       turn trailed last years DPL vote), where at an analogous time,
       259 ballots had been received, with 58 rejected, resulting in
       200 valid votes from 192 developers.]

  Note worthy NEWS: Thanks to Romain Francoise, a major bug in Devotee
  was finally tracked down (having to do with CRLF vs NL line endings,
  so people with evolution and Gnus+pgg may find devotee more
  accomodating. I apologize to people whose ballots were rejected
  because of this bug in Devotee [NB: no ballot has been rejected
  since the fix went into effect].

	Further: all three proposals have passed Quorum requirements
 (indeed, they did so within the first 72 hours of the polls being
 open).

       Some of the interesting tidbits are that the quorum
 determination method has been automated. I have updated quorum
 calculations from the beginning of the vote (6 more developers were
 added in this period)
 Current Developer Count = 928
 Q ( sqrt(#devel) / 2 )  = 15.2315462117278
 K ( 3 x Q )             = 45.6946386351835

       Also, there is a list of all the 928 developers who have=20
   a) got a key in the debian keyring
   b) Belong to group 800 according to Debian LDAP (the Debian group)
   c) Have the fingerprint of their key registered in LDAP
 The complete list, and the fingerprints of the corresponding keys,
 can be seen at http://www.debian.org/vote/2003/gr_sec415_quorum.log

       That page also has a link to the statistics being kept about
 this vote (http://master.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/gr_sec415.html),
 where you can see an hourly updated view of the rate at which ballots
 are being received, the numbers of ballots passing through the
 various stages of processing, and the names of the people who have
 voted so far
 (http://master.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/gr_sec415_voters.txt)

       There is a dummy tally sheet in place while the voting period
 is open, which shall be replaced by the real thing when the voting is
 done.

       One of the glitches that has shown up in this vote is that if
 people sign the ballot with a sub key, and the fingerprint of that
 sub key is not registered in LDAP, the stable version of GPG
 (vote.debian.org runs woody) does not provide information about the
 primary key, so Devotee has no way of correlating the signing key
 with the LDAP information. This shows up as the difference between
 ballots that have passed the gpg check, and thse that have passed
 LDAP scrutiny on the statistics page.

       Devotee (DEbian VOTE Engine) is now available on a public
 source code repository, namely srivasta@debian.org--2003-primary at
 http://arch.debian.org/arch/private/srivasta/archive-2003/. The vote
 is being conducted with the latest patch release from the devel
 branch of devotee.

       manoj


SECOND CALL FOR VOTES FOR THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT GR TO DISAMBIGUATE SECTION 4.1.5
====== ==== === ===== === === ============== ========= == == =========== ======== ====


     Voting starts on Thu, Oct 15 00:00:00 UTC 2003.

     Votes must be received by Wed, Oct 29 23:59:59 UTC 2003.

The following ballot is for voting on a General Resolution to amend the
Debian Constitution to disambiguate section 4.1.5.  The vote is being
conducted in accordance with the policy delineated in Section A, Standard
Resolution Procedure, of the Debian Constitution.

The text of the amendment can also be found at:
http://www.debian.org/vote/2003/vote_0003

HOW TO VOTE

Do not erase anything between the lines below and do not change the
choice names.

In the brackets next to your most preferred choice, place a 1. Place a
2 in the brackets next to your next most preferred choice. Do not
enter a number smaller than 1 or larger than 4. You may rank options
equally (as long as all choices X you make fall in the range 1<= X <= 4).

To vote "no, no matter what" rank "Further Discussion" as more
desirable than the unacceptable choices, or you may rank the "Further
Discussion" choice, and leave choices you consider unacceptable
blank. Unranked choices are considered equally least desired choices,
and ranked below all ranked choices. (Note: if the "Further
Discussion" choice is unranked, then it is equal to all other unranked
choices, if any -- no special consideration is given to the "Further
Discussion" choice by the voting software).

Then mail the ballot to gr_sec415@vote.debian.org.
Don't worry about spacing of the columns or any quote characters (">")
that your reply inserts. NOTE: The vote must be GPG signed (or PGP
signed) with your key that is in the Debian keyring. Do _NOT_ encrypt
your ballot; the voting mechanism shall not be able to decrypt your
message.

- - -=-=-=-=-=- Don't Delete Anything Between These Lines =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
[   ] Choice 1: Proposal A [3:1 majority needed]
[   ] Choice 2: Proposal B [3:1 majority needed]
[   ] Choice 3: Proposal C [3:1 majority needed]
[   ] Choice 4: Further Discussion
- - -=-=-=-=-=- Don't Delete Anything Between These Lines =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

In the following text, the proposals are to amend the constitution as
follows, by deleting the text marked with minus (-) signs at left, and
inserting the text marked with plus (+) signs at left.  All three of
these proposals require a 3:1 majority in order to pass (as they
modify the constitution).

Proposal A: Clarifies status of non-technical documents.  Creates
Foundation Documents class which requires 3:1 majority to change and
includes the Social Contract and the DFSG.

======================================================================

 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.
-       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.
+    5. Issue, supersede 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.
+   5.1 A Foundation Document is a document or statement regarded as
+       critical to the Project's mission and purposes.
+   5.2 The Foundation Documents are the works entitled "Debian
+       Social Contract" and "Debian Free Software Guidelines".
+   5.3 A Foundation Document requires a 3:1 majority for its
+       supersession.  New Foundation Documents are issued and
+       existing ones withdrawn by amending the list of Foundation
+       Documents in this constitution.
     6. Together with the Project Leader and SPI, make decisions about
        property held in trust for purposes related to Debian. (See
        s.9.1.)

======================================================================
 Rationale: The clause being modified has been seen to be quite
 ambiguous. Since the original wording appeared to be amenable to two
 wildly different interpretations, this change adds clarifying the
 language in the constitution about _changing_ non technical
 documents. Additionally, this also provides for the core documents of
 the project the same protection against hasty changes that the
 constitution itself enjoys. An assumption of this proposal is that
 the Debian Social Contract and Debian Free Software Guidelines are
 distinct works.
======================================================================

______________________________________________________________________

Proposal B: Clarifies status of non-technical documents.  Does *not*
create a class of Foundation Documents.

======================================================================
 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.
-       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.
+    5. Issue, withdraw, and supersede 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.

======================================================================
 Rationale: The clause being modified has been seen to be quite
 ambiguous.  Since the original wording appeared to be amenable to two
 wildly different interpretations, this change adds clarifying the
 language in the constitution about _changing_ non technical
 documents.
======================================================================
______________________________________________________________________

Proposal C: Clarifies status of non-technical documents.  Creates
Foundation Documents class which requires 3:1 majority to change and
includes _only_ the Social Contract, and *not* the DFSG.

======================================================================
 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.
-       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.
+    5. Issue, supersede 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.
+   5.1 A Foundation Document is a document or statement regarded as
+       critical to the Project's mission and purposes.
+   5.2 The Foundation Document is the work entitled "Debian
+       Social Contract".
+   5.3 A Foundation Document requires a 3:1 majority for its
+       supersession.  New Foundation Documents are issued and
+       existing ones withdrawn by amending the list of Foundation
+       Documents in this constitution.
     6. Together with the Project Leader and SPI, make decisions about
        property held in trust for purposes related to Debian. (See
        s.9.1.)
======================================================================
There may be some people who may wish to afford the Debian Social
Contract the opportunity of a 25% minority veto, but who do not wish
to extend this opportunity to the Debian Free Software Guidelines.  An
assumption of this proposal is that the Debian Social Contract and
Debian Free Software Guidelines are distinct works.
======================================================================


The responses to a valid vote shall be signed by the vote key created
for this vote. The public key for the vote, signed by the Project
secretary, is appended below.

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