27 Mar 2005 vorlon   » (Master)

Raphaƫl writes that Debian's decision to hold everything in the Debian main archive to the same standard of freeness (the DFSG) was a mistake, and that it's necessary to fix this mistake with another general resolution.

While it's fine to disagree with the outcome of the previous changes, please don't start a new GR unless you think there's a real reason to believe the outcome will be different. As you can see from the tally sheet for that vote, with 396 developers voting, we had the participation of a sizable percentage of all developers (though, interestingly, less than in most DPL elections), and came nowhere near the 3:1 supermajority needed to rescind the changes. Since everyone's votes on this issue are public, it should be straightforward to canvas the developers who didn't vote or who voted against reverting the change, to get support for this change before putting everyone through the GR process again.

In contrast, I don't think public pronouncements about how bad of an idea this change was are going to get us anywhere. In fact, we've had almost a year of such public pronouncements, from various people, that haven't gotten us anywhere.

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