General Resolution: Replace "Chairman" with "Chair" throughout the Debian Constitution

Time Line

Proposal and amendment 2016-07-08
Discussion Period: 2016-07-08
Voting Period: 2016-07-31 00:00:00 UTC 2016-08-13 23:59:59 UTC


Margarita Manterola [] [text of proposal] [call for vote]

Choice 1: Replace Chairman with Chair

Title: Replace "Chairman" with "Chair" throughout the Debian Constitution

All appearances of the word Chairman shall be replaced with the word Chair.


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 3:1 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   289
Option 2 13  

Looking at row 2, column 1, Further Discussion
received 13 votes over Replace Chairman with Chair

Looking at row 1, column 2, Replace Chairman with Chair
received 289 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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