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Re: Debian Project Leader Elections 2008: Marc Brockschmidt

On Thu, Mar 06, 2008 at 04:16:15PM +0000, MJ Ray wrote:
> there are claims like the limit is a convention and "a convention *is*
> proper for this kind of thing. The fact that it is not totally
> respected is, IMO, not a problem, since it usually is."
> -- Wouter Verhelst
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-vote/2007/08/msg00123.html
> That's no longer true, even if it used to be.  Campaigning usually 
> happens before and after the campaign time.  I think we should either:-
> - take advantage of what really happens and shorten the election, or
> - establish the convention on campaign time limits.

I'd go for the second option, but I don't think we need any change for
that (and thus no proposal and no seconds).  A convention by definition
is already changed when we no longer follow it.

> > That is, IMO we should solve hypothetical social problems by saying
> > "we'll solve them reasonably when they are a real issue."  [...]
> This isn't hypothetical.  Campaigning has started early for four of
> the last five elections IIRC.

But it's not a problem, AFAICS.

> > > The benefit would be less time spent on the election, so available for
> > > other work.
> >
> > I think this is not a real issue.  Do you feel we lose volunteer time
> > because people are campaining during the year?
> Well, for example, Marc Brockschmidt has spent time writing a
> platform, canvassing and campaigning, which he suggested he would not
> have done if an acceptable candidate had already nominated.  If an
> acceptable candidate is nominated now, we've lost that time.  We could
> try to save that sort of time by rewarding early nominations with more
> campaigning opportunities, by officially killing the convention
> against campaigning during nominations.

If you think it helps, I have no problem with declaring that candidates
may now campain during the elections.  I just don't think it really
changes anything.  And I think it's a waste of time to do a vote on
something like that.

How about this: anyone who wants to continue informally forbidding
campaining during the nomination period please reply to this post and
explain why.  With no replies, let's consider the convention "officially
killed". :-)


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