General Resolution: Re-affirm support to the Debian Project Leader

Time Line

Proposal and amendment Thursday, 21st September, 2006 Sunday, 1st October, 2006
Discussion Period: Thursday, 21st September, 2006 Saturday, 7th October, 2006
Voting Period Sunday, 8th October, 00:00:00 UTC, 2006 Sunday, 15th October, 00:00:00 UTC, 2006


Loïc Minier []


  1. Raphaël Hertzog []
  2. Kalle Kivimaa []
  3. Wouter Verhelst []
  4. Gaudenz Steinlin []
  5. Stephen Gran []
  6. Ben Pfaff []
  7. Erich Schubert []
  8. Russ Allbery []
  9. Anthony Towns []
  10. Bdale Garbee []
  11. Anibal Monsalve Salazar []
  12. Eric Evans []
  13. Neil McGovern []
  14. Martin F Krafft []
  15. Daniel Ruoso []


Choice 1. The actual text of the resolution is as follows. Please note that this does not include preludes, prologues, any preambles to the resolution, post-ambles to the resolution, abstracts, fore-words, after-words, rationales, supporting documents, opinion polls, arguments for and against, and any of the other important material you will find on the mailing list archives. Please read the debian-vote mailing list archives for details.

The Debian Project reaffirms its support to its DPL.

The Debian Project does not object to the experiment named "Dunc-Tank", lead by Anthony Towns, the current DPL, and Steve Mc Intyre, the Second in Charge. However, this particular experiment is not the result of a decision of the Debian Project.

The Debian Project wishes success to projects funding Debian or helping towards the release of Etch.

Amendment Proposer A

Josselin Mouette []

Amendment Seconds A

  1. Samuel Hocevar []
  2. Pierre Habouzit []
  3. Amaya Rodrigo Sastre []
  4. Frederik Schueler []
  5. Aurélien Jarno []

Amendment Text A

Choice 2. The actual text of the GR is:

The Debian project reaffirms support to Anthony Towns as the Debian Project Leader. However, it doesn't endorse nor support any projects Mr Towns may lead or participate in outside Debian.

Minimum Discussion

Denis Barbier and Loïc Minier, per delegation of the Debian Project Leader, vary the discussion and voting periods by one week. The voting period is then one week long only.


With the current list of voting developers, we have:

 Current Developer Count = 1000
 Q ( sqrt(#devel) / 2 ) = 15.8113883008419
 K min(5, Q )           = 5
 Quorum  (3 x Q )       = 47.4341649025257


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

All the amendments need 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 3
Option 1   177 227
Option 2 128   226
Option 3 93 79  

Looking at row 2, column 1, Re-affirm DPL, do not endorse nor support his other projects
received 128 votes over Re-affirm DPL, wish success to unofficial Dunc Tank

Looking at row 1, column 2, Re-affirm DPL, wish success to unofficial Dunc Tank
received 177 votes over Re-affirm DPL, do not endorse nor support his other projects.

Pair-wise defeats

The Schwartz Set contains

The winner

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.

Manoj Srivastava