General Resolution: Declassifying debian-private

Time Line

Proposal and amendment 2016-07-07
Discussion Period: 2016-07-19
Voting Period: 2016-08-07 00:00:00 UTC 2016-08-20 23:59:59 UTC


Nicolas Dandrimont [] [text of proposal] [acceptance of new text] [call for votes]

Choice 1: Allow declassifying parts of debian-private

Title: Declassifying parts of -private of historical interest
  1. The 2005 General Resolution titled "Declassification of debian-private list archives" is repealed.
  2. Debian listmasters and/or other individuals delegated by the DPL to do so are authorized to declassify excerpts of -private of historical interest by any process which at minimum provides sufficient time and opportunity for Debian Developers to object by GR prior to declassification.
  3. In keeping with paragraph 3 of the Debian Social Contract, Debian Developers are strongly encouraged to use the debian-private mailing list only for discussions that should not be disclosed.


With the current list of voting developers, we have:

 Current Developer Count = 1040
 Q ( sqrt(#devel) / 2 ) = 16.1245154965971
 K min(5, Q )           = 5
 Quorum  (3 x Q )       = 48.3735464897913


Data and Statistics

For this GR, like always, statistics will be gathered about ballots received and acknowledgements sent periodically during the voting period. Additionally, the list of voters will be recorded. Also, the tally sheet will also be made available to be viewed.

Majority Requirement

The proposal needs a 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   118
Option 2 134  

Looking at row 2, column 1, Further Discussion
received 134 votes over Allow declassifying parts of debian-private

Looking at row 1, column 2, Allow declassifying parts of debian-private
received 118 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.

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