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Re: GR Proposal: Declassification of -private

On Tue, 15 Nov 2005, Anthony Towns wrote:
> Thus, I propose that the Debian project resolve that:
> ---
> In accordance with principles of openness and transparency, Debian will
> seek to declassify and publish posts of historical or ongoing significance
> made to the Debian Private Mailing List.
> This process will be undertaken under the following constraints:
>   * The Debian Project Leader will delegate one or more volunteers
>     to form the "debian-private declassification team".
>   * The team will automatically declassify and publish posts made to
>     that list after three years, with the following exceptions:
>     - the author and any named recipients of messages being reviewed
>       will be contacted, and allowed between four and eight weeks
>       to comment;
>     - posts that reveal financial information about individuals or
>       organisations other than Debian, will have that information
>       removed;
>     - posts of no historical or other relevance, such as vacation
>       announcements, or posts that have no content after personal
>       information is removed, will not be published, unless the author
>       requests they be published;
>     - publication of posts that would reveal otherwise unpublished
>       security vulnerabilities in currently supported releases of a
>       Debian distribution will be deferred;
>     - requests by the authors of posts, or others who would be affected
>       by the publication of the post, will be taken into account by
>       the declassification team;
>     - the list of posts to be declassified will be made available to
>       developers two weeks before publication, so that the decisions of
>       the team may be overruled by the developer body, if necessary.

I would suggest that declassification of posts affected by a GR be put
on hold if a proposal is made for a GR while the GR process takes
place [since the absolute minimum time that a GR can take is 2 weeks.] does cover this, but getting 10 developers to sponsor on short
notice may be difficult.

In any case, I second this proposal with or without the amendment
suggested above.

Don Armstrong

Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves
exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves
only the unanimity of the graveyard.
 -- Justice Roberts in 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

http://www.donarmstrong.com              http://rzlab.ucr.edu

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