This is the final call for nominations for the position as Debian Project Leader 2006
We are in the final week of the nomination period for
candidates for the position of the Debian Project Leader.
The new project leader term starts on April 17th, and that
sets the time line:
Nomination period: Feb 5th 00:00:01 UTC — Feb 26th 00:00:00 UTC
Campaigning period: Feb 26th 00:00:01 UTC — Mar 19th 00:00:00 UTC
Voting period: Mar 19th 00:00:01 UTC — Apr 9th 00:00:00 UTC
Prospective leaders should be familiar with the constitution,
but, just to review: there's a three week period when interested
developers nominate themselves, followed by a three week period with
no nominations [intended for campaigning], followed by three weeks
for the election itself.
I intend to collect platform statements from the candidates,
and publish them on a known location (somewhere under
www.debian.org/vote) at the end of the nomination period and the
beginning of the campaign — submissions due this Sunday, in an HTML
I suggest that the candidates send the platform, preferably in
HTML/SGML, to the secretary at least a couple of days before the
This should give the candidates enough time to craft their
platforms, I should think. The format of the web page is open to
discussion, but I suggest there be at least three sections:
b) Major Goal/ Meat of the platform,
After the publication, there share be a one week period for
each candidate to create a rebuttal, and the rebuttals shall be
published on Mar 5th, 2006.
In the past, we have conducted DPL debates on a special IRC
channel set up for the purpose. Don Armstrong and Thaddeus H. Black
have volunteered separately to moderate the debates, and I'll let
them sort out the details. The time to do so would be after the
rebuttals have been posted by the candidates, and the campaigns have
been well established, and people have had time to think up
questions. If we do end up having a debate, I would like to invite
people to be panelists for the IRC debate. The debate should be held
on IRC after the rebuttals are posted, and before the voting starts,
at the convenience of the candidates, and the panelists (which kinda
puts it roughly in the ides of March, I think).
I would like to have a chair for the panelists, and hand off
the actual selection of other panelists (who may or may not be debian
developers) and running the debate to the chair (to minimize any hint
of collusion with current office holders, including me). I hereby
invite volunteers for the debate chair and panelists; these
volunteers shall be responsible for setting the rules for the debate
and selecting the questions for the candidates.
Please make sure that nominations are sent to (or cc:'d to)
debian-vote, and are cryptographically signed.