General Resolution: Declassification of debian-private list archives

Note:This resolution has been repealed by this vote.

Time Line

Proposal and amendment Tuesday, 15th November, 2005 Friday, 18th November, 2005
Discussion Period: Friday, 18th November, 23:59:59 UTC, 2005 Saturday, 17th December, 23:59:59 UTC, 2005
Voting Period Sunday, 18th December, 00:00:01 UTC, 2005 Saturday, 31st December, 23:59:59 UTC, 2005


Anthony Towns []


  1. Anibal Monsalve Salazar []
  2. Kalle Kivimaa []
  3. Wouter Verhelst []
  4. Daniel Ruoso []
  5. Kurt Roeckx []
  6. Don Armstrong []


The actual text of the GR is:

In accordance with principles of openness and transparency, Debian will seek to declassify and publish posts of historical or ongoing significance made to the Debian Private Mailing List.

This process will be undertaken under the following constraints:

Amendment Proposer

Daniel Ruoso []

Amendment Seconds

  1. Gregory T. Norris []
  2. John Lightsey []
  3. Kalle Kivimaa []
  4. David Moreno Garza []
  5. Neil McGovern []

Amendment Text

The actual text of the amendment is:

Propose that the Debian project resolve that the process defined in the Proposal will be applied only for the future content of debian-private mailing list.


With 967 developers, we have:

 Current Developer Count = 967
 Q ( sqrt(#devel) / 2 ) = 15.5483118054662
 K min(5, Q )           = 5
 Quorum  (3 x Q )       = 46.6449354163986

Option 1 Reached quorum: 146> 46.6449354163986
Option 2 Reached quorum: 188> 46.6449354163986

Data and Statistics

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

Majority Requirement

This proposal, along with the amendments, has a simple majority requirement.

Option 1 passes Majority.               1.021 (146/143)> 1
Option 2 passes Majority.               1.825 (188/103)> 1


The winner is: Option 2 Establish declassification procedure for future posts only

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
  Option 1 Option 2 Further Discussion
Option 1   108 146
Option 2 150   188
Further Discussion 143 103  

Manoj Srivastava