Re: Proposal: Call 'amendments' 'alternatives'
On 2004-02-26 18:11:27 +0000 Nathanael Nerode <email@example.com>
It also fits the English-language meaning better.
How? We can have amendments that don't delete the entire text of a
proposal. However, if I read A.3 right, there does seem to be a
limitation in the current vote system that only one amendment can
succeed. So, I wondered, how are orthogonal amendments handled?
From http://www.debian.org/vote/howto_proposal#amend, it looks like
whether amendments are alternatives or not is the choice of the
proposer, but I'm not sure whether that's written in the SRP. That
page says "When the call for the vote of the proposal comes, the
proposer of the original proposal calls for the vote on the amendments
singly, all together or together with the original proposal".
Meanwhile, the SRP says "The person who calls for a vote states what
they believe the wordings of the resolution and any relevant
amendments are, and consequently what form the ballot should take.
However, the final decision on the form of ballot(s) is the
Secretary's - see 7.1(1), 7.1(3) and A.3(4)." 7.1(1) says the
secretary takes votes; (3) says he interprets the constitution; and
A.3(4) says he decides on doubted procedure. Is the HOWTO the
It seems that unaccepted amendments are relatively rare in Debian to