[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

GFDL position statement ballot invalid

On Sat, 2006-02-25 at 17:21 -0600, Debian Project Secretary wrote: 

> The following ballot is for voting on a General Resolution to address
> the Debian project's position on the GNU Free Documentation License.
> The vote is being conducted in accordance with the policy delineated
> in Section A, Standard Resolution Procedure, of the Debian
> Constitution.

Part of the description of choice 3 is

        Majority Requirement
        Amendment B requires a 3:1 majority, since it require
        modifications to the Social contract, or the DFSG, both
        foundation documents. 
This makes no sense because the text of the modifications is not given.
How can it be said that an amendment is modifying either document if
there is no text included to accomplish that?  If this option is
adopted, what will the text of the change be?  Note that this speaks of
modification to the Social Contract OR the DFSG.  Which one is it?  If
the Secretary cannot specify that, how can it be said that there is any
modification at all?

If the Secretary's creative interpretation is allowed to stand, the
proper description of what is happening can only be that this proposal
adds a new foundation document.

The constitution says:
        A Foundation Document requires a 3:1 majority for its
        supersession. New Foundation Documents are issued and existing
        ones withdrawn by amending the list of Foundation Documents in
        this constitution.
So the position is


        the ballot is incoherent and invalid because it claims that this
        proposal is modifying a foundation document while not specifying
        how it is doing so or the actual text of the change;


        the requirement of a supermajority for choice 3 is invalid.
Oliver Elphick                                          olly@lfix.co.uk
Isle of Wight                              http://www.lfix.co.uk/oliver
GPG: 1024D/A54310EA  92C8 39E7 280E 3631 3F0E  1EC0 5664 7A2F A543 10EA
   Do you want to know God?   http://www.lfix.co.uk/knowing_god.html

Reply to: