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Re: Purpose of the Constitution and the Foundation Documents

On Tue, Jan 06, 2009 at 03:45:59AM +0000, Ian Jackson wrote:
> This leaves us with really four options:

>  A. Explicitly de-entrench the Foundation Documents by repealing
>     Constitution 4.1(5) 1..3 and establishing the Social Contract
>     and DFSG as simple Position Statements according to 4.1(5).

>  B. Explicitly state that the Foundation Documents are to be
>     interpreted by each Developer (and everyone else) for themselves
>     in the context of their own work, eg by inserting
>          2. including interpreting the Foundation Documents
>             as necessary;
>     in Constitution 3.1.

>  C. Rewrite the foundation documents so that they are clearly
>     comprehensible (rather than vague) and establish an independent
>     legally-minded body to make these decisions.

>  D. Establish (or empower) some kind of interpretation committee,
>     which would have to be elected.

I agree with this summary of the available choices.

If put to a vote, my vote would certainly be B, A, FD, D, C.

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