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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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