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Re: Supermajority requirements and historical context [Was, Re: First call for votes for the Lenny release GR]

On Sun, Dec 21, 2008 at 03:38:55PM -0600, Ean Schuessler wrote:
> ----- "Steve Langasek" <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:

> > Yes, I agree that supermajority requirements are a bad idea in
> > general.

> To understand the need for a supermajority all you have to do is look at
> American politics. A supermajority insures that a razor thin majority
> can't end up doing something radically disagreeable to almost half the
> population. With a three to one supermajority you insure that only a true
> minority of the project would be in disagreement with whatever action is
> under consideration.

Oh gee, so the US is using Condorcet now?

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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