General Resolution: Diversity statement

Time Line

Proposal and amendment Thursday, 3th May 2012
Discussion Period: Monday, 7th May, 2012
Voting Period: Sunday, May 20th, 00:00:00 UTC, 2012 Saturday, June 2nd, 23:59:59 UTC, 2012
The discussion period has been changed by the DPL to 1 week. [mail]


Francesca Ciceri [] [text of proposal] [Call for vote]


  1. Steve Langasek [] [mail]
  2. Stefano Zacchiroli [] [mail]
  3. Alexander Reichle-Schmehl [] [mail]
  4. Iustin Pop [] [mail]
  5. Enrico Zini [] [mail]
  6. Jakub Wilk [] [mail]
  7. Didier Raboud [] [mail]
  8. Steve McIntyre [] [mail]
  9. Cyril Brulebois [] [mail]
  10. Jérémy Bobbio [] [mail]
  11. Luca Filipozzi [] [mail]
  12. Gregor Herrmann [] [mail]
  13. Guilherme de Siqueira Pastore [] [mail]
  14. Stephen Gran [] [mail]
  15. Amaya Rodrigo Sastre [] [mail]
  16. Jan Dittberner [] [mail]
  17. Wouter Verhelst [] [mail]
  18. Holger Levsen [] [mail]
  19. Margarita Manterola [] [mail]
  20. Mònica Ramírez Arceda [] [mail]


Choice 1: Ratify diversity statement

The Debian Project welcomes and encourages participation by everyone.

No matter how you identify yourself or how others perceive you: we welcome you. We welcome contributions from everyone as long as they interact constructively with our community.

While much of the work for our project is technical in nature, we value and encourage contributions from those with expertise in other areas, and welcome them into our community.


With the current list of voting developers, we have:

 Current Developer Count = 951
 Q ( sqrt(#devel) / 2 ) = 15.4191439451093
 K min(5, Q )           = 5
 Quorum  (3 x Q )       = 46.2574318353278


Data and Statistics

For this GR, as always statistics shall be gathered about ballots received and acknowledgements sent periodically during the voting period. Additionally, the list of voters would be made publicly available. Also, the tally sheet may also be viewed after to voting is done (Note that while the vote is in progress it is a dummy tally sheet).

Majority Requirement

The proposal needs simple majority



Graphical rendering of the results

In the graph above, any pink colored nodes imply that the option did not pass majority, the Blue is the winner. The Octagon is used for the options that did not beat the default.

In the following table, tally[row x][col y] represents the votes that option x received over option y. A more detailed explanation of the beat matrix may help in understanding the table. For understanding the Condorcet method, the Wikipedia entry is fairly informative.

The Beat Matrix
  1 2
Option 1   251
Option 2 19  

Looking at row 2, column 1, Further Discussion
received 19 votes over Ratify diversity statement

Looking at row 1, column 2, Ratify diversity statement
received 251 votes over Further Discussion.

Pair-wise defeats

The Schwartz Set contains

The winners

Debian uses the Condorcet method for voting. Simplistically, plain Condorcets method can be stated like so :
Consider all possible two-way races between candidates. The Condorcet winner, if there is one, is the one candidate who can beat each other candidate in a two-way race with that candidate. The problem is that in complex elections, there may well be a circular relationship in which A beats B, B beats C, and C beats A. Most of the variations on Condorcet use various means of resolving the tie. See Cloneproof Schwartz Sequential Dropping for details. Debian's variation is spelled out in the constitution, specifically, A.6.

Debian Project Secretary