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Re: Constitutional Amendment GR: Handling assets for the project

On Tue, Aug 22, 2006 at 06:56:43AM +0200, Adrian von Bidder wrote:
> Yes, I'm in favor of the DPL announcing when Debian money gets spent.  But I 
> don't really understand why this is immediately translated into building a 
> bureaucracy around it.  

The problem I see is that it hasn't been feasible for the DPL to know
what money Debian has available to spend, or what income and expenses
it tends to have, let alone anyone else. Personally, I think tracking
that information amongst the different organisations that do things for
Debian will take some dedicated effort by someone.

> AFAICT the DPL already does authorise such expenses 
> now.  So, why is it so complicated to just drop a line on some mailing list 
> when this is done?  

That's not at all complicated, but that alone doesn't solve the problem
that bothers me most. 

Expenses are the easy part (and something I'm at least able to do on
my own [0]) -- but the amendment draft specifies that "annual reports
of Debian-related activities by such organisations" also be published,
which isn't something I'm able to do at all, and isn't something that's
been reliably done in the past. So I'm really reluctant to commit to it
consitutionally, and I'd really rather see some of the people who think
this is important demonstrate it's feasible beforehand...

FWIW, I don't count one guy maintaining some web pages to make the
information easily accessible as bureaucracy. :)


[0] Personally, I'd rather see expenditures listed on their own (public)
    website than posted to -private or -project or -devel-announce. YMMV,
    though I don't think I've seen any suggestions. If no one else
    maintains it, I guess I'll setup a blosxom instance somewhere. :)

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