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Discussion: Possible GR: Enhance requirements for General Resolutions


I have felt for some time that the low requirement for seconds on General
Resolutions is something that should be fixed. We are over 1000
Developers, if you can't find more than 5 people supporting your idea,
its most probably not worth it taking time of everyone. Various IRC
discussions told me that others feel the same. So here is a possible
proposal. Probably needs en_GANNEFF cleanup, and might need other
changes too, I try collecting them from replies.

As this will change the constitution, if we ever go and vote on it,
it will need a 3:1 to win. (see Constitution 4.1.2)

Oh, note. While this is written as a GR, this is a discussion proposal
only. I'm *not* calling for seconders with this mail. Thats also the
reason for the reply-to/mail-followup-to header going to -project,
please respect them.

General Resolutions are an important framework within the Debian
Project. Yet, in a project the size of Debian, the current requirements
to initiate one are too small.

Therefore the Debian project resolves that
 a) The constitution gets changed to not require K developers to sponsor
    a resolution, but floor(2Q). [see §4.2(1)]
 b) Delaying a decision of a Delegate or the DPL [§4.2(2.2)],
    as well as resolutions against a shortening of discussion/voting
    period or to overwrite a TC decision [§4.2(2.3)] requires floor(Q)
    developers to sponsor the resolution.
 c) the definition of K gets erased from the constitution. [§4.2(7)]

(Numbers in brackets are references to sections in the constitution).

Practical changes: Taking the definitions of the latest GR we had,

 Current Developer Count = 1021
 Q ( sqrt(#devel) / 2 ) = 15.9765453086705
 Quorum  (3 x Q )       = 47.9296359260114

this will mean that future GRs would need 30 other people to support
your idea. While that does seem a lot (6times more than now),
considering that a GR affects more than 1000 official Developers and
uncounted amounts of other people doing work for Debian, I think its not
too much. Especially as point b only requires 15 people, 3 times the
amount than now, in case there is a disagreement with the DPL, TC or
a Delegate.

bye, Joerg
Please, not the graphviz one again, I only just finished the therapy I had
to start after I read it the first time. I'm sure this one was written by
some sort of non-human entity. I would go for lawyers.

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