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Filibustering general resolutions


        Due to a loop hole in the constitution, any group of 6 Debian
 developers can delay any general resolution indefinitely by putting
 up their own amendment, and every 6 days, making substantiative
 changes in their amendment (they can just rotate between a small
 number of very different proposals).

        Previously, I had stated that I, in my role as secretary,
 would set an deadline for proposals two weeks in the future, and any
 proposals past the deadline would go no a separate ballot, in order
 to break the filibuster, even though the constitution did not
 specifically permit that.

        I realize now that that would be a an egregious abuse of the
 powers of the secretary, censorship, and grievously wrong
 procedure. I am no longer willing to step in and break filibusters.

        The project should decide how it wants to handle filibustering,
 if it feels like doing anything about it, of course. But now, any GR
 has a veto contingent of only 6 developers.

Let's say the docs present a simplified view of reality...  :-)
--Larry Wall in <6940@jpl-devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV>
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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