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Re: RFD: amendment of Debian Social Contract

On Fri, Oct 31, 2003 at 08:31:58PM -0600, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> On Fri, 31 Oct 2003 13:16:54 -0500, Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> said: 
> > No, you're wrong.  The mechanism for achieving large-scale archive
> > changes isn't presently formally defined at all.  Informally, it
> > appears to be the exclusive domain of the Debian Archive
> > Administrators (who, the last time I checked, were not official
> > delegates of the Debian Project Leader[1]).
> > [1] The last time I asked, I got no answer.  It's possible the DPL
> >     made a delegation without announcing it to debian-devel-announce.
> 	So, the proscription in the SC is the only thing that stands
>  between an admins whim to remove non-free?

I think it's the only formal or structural impediment, yes.  But there
are other considerations which, I suspect, weigh more strongly:

1) We may have archive admins who don't deliberately attempt to make
   decisions out of proportion to their authority;
2) We may have archive admins who feel a responsibility to the wishes of
   the rest of the Project;
3) We may have archive admins who fear that their positions will be
   formalized, and their powers circumscribed, if they abuse their
   authority -- and the Golden Age would come to an end.

These are, however, purely speculative on my part.

G. Branden Robinson                |       Arguments, like men, are often
Debian GNU/Linux                   |       pretenders.
branden@debian.org                 |       -- Plato
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |

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