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Re: Amendment to GR on GFDL, and the changes to the Social Contract

On Fri, Feb 10, 2006 at 08:08:32PM -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> writes:
> > That view, namely "other people may propose ballots that aren't good
> > enough, and it's my job to stop that", is precisely a supervisory one.
> Often the role of a Secretary is a ministerial one, and which wouldn't
> include supervisory elements.
> However, Debian is different, giving to the Secretary a variety of
> supervisory tasks, 

That's not true; the secretary's position in Debian is primarily
administrative -- namely "to take votes amongst the Developers" and
"determine the number and identity of Developers". 

The two additional duties are exceptional: to stand in for the DPL when
he's absent (with the tech ctte chair), and to adjudicate disputes about
the constitution. Neither is supervisory in any case -- the difference
being that supervision is an ongoing task, unlike both standing in while
a new DPL is chosen, or adjudicating a dispute that's arisen.

That doesn't mean taking on a supervisory role is bad or improper, though,
just that it's not an unavoidable consequence of being Debian secretary.


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