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Bug#877404: Debian _Regnal_ dates?

Hi Elena,

On Mon, Oct 02, 2017 at 10:14:20AM -0000, Packages entering NEW: Elena Grandi wrote:
>     Description: 
>      debdate    - Convert Gregorian dates to Debian Regnal dates
>     Changes: 
>      debdate (0.20170714-1) unstable; urgency=low
>        * First debian upload. Closes: #877404

when I first saw this package (or its ITP) I liked it (and I still do!), I just
mildly wondered what "Regnal" means. Now that it entered NEW I looked it up and
learned on wikipedia that "A regnal year is a year of the reign of a sovereign,
from the Latin regnum meaning kingdom, rule." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regnal_date)

Which strikes me as quite unappropriate for Debian! 

"We reject: kings, presidents and voting.
We believe in: rough consensus and running code. "

is a quote used by Anthony Towns a lot, in fact so much, that I was led to 
believe it's from Debian and an old Debian motto - while in fact it was
coined by Dave Clark from and for the IETF. (See https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/David_D._Clark)

Still, this quote is very close to the core values of Debian too, we too
believe in rough consensus and running code! And we have a DPL, not a king!

So I guess this boils down that I should file this as a wishlist bug against
debdate to change the package description to, eg, "Convert Gregorian dates to
Debian Release dates" - what do you think?


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