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Re: GRs, irrelevant amendments, and insincere voting

On Sun, Nov 02, 2003 at 05:17:55PM -0600, Steve Langasek wrote:
> Consider the "amendment" (in name only),
>    Replace lines ^ through $ with the words, "Debian should continue to
>    produce a distribution."

Huh? Do you mean replace the entire social contract with that, or replace
the text of the resolution with that?

Why do you think that voting for "Remove non-free" means that we wouldn't
continue to produce a distribution? Why do you think that ballot would be
treated differently to:

	[   ] Remove non-free?
	[   ] Don't change
	[   ] Further discussion


> If people vote sincerely (i.e., they vote in accordance with how much
> they truly agree with each ballot option), this particular option would
> stand a good chance of beating out *any* other option it was put up
> against before the developership.  

That might be reasonable if the vote were:

	[   ] Remove non-free and don't continue producing a distribution
	[   ] Continue producing a distribution
	[   ] Further discussion

But it's not.

> And the Project Secretary has indicated he would use his Constitutional
> power to prevent orthogonal ballot options from being voted on together,
> to thwart any such attempts to subvert the system.  Which reduces the
> scope of this vulnerability to "How you, the Project Secretary, and four
> of your friends can kill any GR." :)

Options that say nothing other than "We'll keep doing what we've always
done", whether that be "maintaining a distribution" or "supporting i386"
are just explicit "status quo" options by another name. There's nothing
interesting here.


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