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Re: Proposal: Call 'amendments' 'alternatives'

On Thu, Feb 26, 2004 at 01:11:27PM -0500, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> This would eliminate confusion such as that from Ted Ts'o in
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2004/debian-vote-200402/msg00135.html.

> It also fits the English-language meaning better.

The reason they are called "amendments" is that ballot alternatives,
under the standard resolution procedure, are introduced first as
amendments to a proposal which can be either accepted or rejected by the
introducer of the original proposal.  If they are *rejected*, they then
become ballot options that are voted on together with the original
proposal.  It is only this last usage of the term "amendment" that ought
to be corrected.

A.1. Discussion and Amendment

   1. Following the proposal, the resolution may be discussed. 
Amendments may be made formal by being proposed and sponsored according 
to the requirements for a new resolution, or directly by the proposer of 
the original resolution.
   2. A formal amendment may be accepted by the resolution's proposer, 
in which case the formal resolution draft is immediately changed to 
   3. If a formal amendment is not accepted, or one of the sponsors of 
the resolution does not agree with the acceptance by the proposer of a 
formal amendment, the amendment remains as an amendment and will be 
voted on.
   4. If an amendment accepted by the original proposer is not to the 
liking of others, they may propose another amendment to reverse the 
earlier change (again, they must meet the requirements for proposer and 
   5. The proposer or a resolution may suggest changes to the wordings 
of amendments; these take effect if the proposer of the amendment agrees 
and none of the sponsors object. In this case the changed amendments 
will be voted on instead of the originals.
   6. The proposer of a resolution may make changes to correct minor 
errors (for example, typographical errors or inconsistencies) or changes 
which do not alter the meaning, providing noone objects within 24 hours. 
In this case the minimum discussion period is not restarted.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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