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Re: GR idea related to ongoing licensing discussions

On Wed, Jun 06, 2007 at 09:25:06AM +0100, MJ Ray wrote:
> Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> wrote: [...]
> >     The DFSG are hereby amended to add the following additional guideline:
> >     10. No Required Contribution of Changes [...]
> >     11. No Required Identity Disclosure [...]
> I think this is a bad idea because:
> - it is introducing redundancy into the guidelines - these are already
> covered by DFSGs 1 and 5;

Which is a problem, why?

Clarity never hurt anyone.

> - it makes the guidelines longer, so will make checking packages
> against the guidelines more tedious;

I don't think so; on the contrary, actually. These tests are used now
already anyway; formalizing them will just make things much clearer.

> - it seems to be pandering to literalists in a similar way to the
> Editorial Changes GR and that hasn't really ended those arguments;

Sorry, but that's not true. The EC GR did indeed not end those arguments
_immediately_, but they haven't been brought up anywhere I can see in a

> - I think that the second addition disallows things like pseudonyms,
> which I think we have accepted in the past.

That could probably be fixed by some wording changes, I suppose.

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