Draft resolution formalising Debian's Associated Project status

Ian Jackson ijackson at chiark.greenend.org.uk
Tue Mar 6 13:16:45 UTC 2007

Joshua D. Drake writes ("Re: Draft resolution formalising Debian's Associated Project status"):
> Does the Debian constitution have a limits on what his authority 
> represents?

Yes.  For example:
 - The DPL is not empowered to make technical decisions
 - The DPL is not empowered to unilaterally expel Developers
 - Any decision by the DPL can be overruled by a vote

This list is not exhaustive.  The DPL has only the powers explictly
enumerated.  You can read the constitution here:

> Further my experience is that if 15% of a particular group is unhappy, 
> usually the person made a good choice. 40%? Not so much.

If I were the DPL I would consider my position very carefully if a
recall petition even got enough signatures to go to a ballot.

To put this in terms you may be familiar with: Anthony was impeached
and 15% of the decisionmaking body (those Developers who voted) were
in favour of forcing him out and holding an emergency election.

No other DPL has done anything controversial enough to put to a vote
to overrule the decision, let alone been subject to a vote whether to
recall them.


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