General Resolution: Recall the project leader

Time Line

Proposal and amendment Wednesday, 20th September, 2006 Thursday, 21st September, 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


Denis Barbier []


  1. Clint Adams []
  2. Julien Blache []
  3. Marc Dequènes []
  4. Pierre Habouzit []
  5. Aurélien Jarno []
  6. MJ Ray []
  7. Martin Schulze []
  8. Anthony Towns []

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.


Recall the Debian Project Leader, as allowed by the Constitution (section 4.1.1).


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
Option 1   48
Option 2 277  

Looking at row 2, column 1, Further Discussion
received 277 votes over Recall the project leader

Looking at row 1, column 2, Recall the project leader
received 48 votes over Further Discussion.

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