Hi folks, I am hereby resigning as secretary, effective immediately. I was planning on leaving the office soon, anyway, but I had a rewrite of Devotee underway, which would have made the software more useful for different people (different checks --LDAP.gpg. and others), and allowed Devotee to be packaged as essentially a perl library, with vote protocols being perl scripts (debian-vote --config gr_lenny.cfg). But that is no longer a compelling reason to stay on.
In the years I have spent in this role since Darren left us, I have tried to conduct the votes as I saw the rquirements of the constitution, and the limitations of the voting software. But this not a view shared by very many people. I concede that I have made mistakes with the current set of votes. And the arguments being made now, after the vote was called and started, are fairly compelling. But these arguments could have been made when the vote page went up, when I was sending in the emails about which option had how many seconds, or when the draft ballot was sent in. There are, in my opinion, far more cogent arguments being offered now, than there were in the discussion period, and had these being made earlier, we would not have come to this pass. But that is merely an excuse. The buck fir running votes stops at the secretary, so I am ultimately responsible for the current state of the vote. And I am begnning to see that the ballot was wrong. Mistakes happen. Mistakes can be recovered from. What can not, however, is relationships, and trust, and this works both ways. It has been made clear to me that the project no longer trusts me, and many consider that I have been the epitome of sleaze over the years, manipulating votes for my own ends. That hurts. I have also read planet. The amount of vitriol there makes it untenable for me to participate in any efforts to recover from this mess. Life is too short. This is way too much stress at a point in my life where there is too much stress to deal with. I am asking the DSA to remove me from the debvote group, effective now. As to the people who emailed me that they are putting together a petition for the DAM to have me removed from the project, I hear you too. I am going to spend the next few days evaluating how important the project is to me, and whether I should save you the bother or an expulsion process. While I must say that the mistake for this ballot lies at my door, I am very distressed at the amount of vitriol that saturates the project communication channels now. Subjectively, this seems worse now than the flame filled days of yore -- because, back then, despite the apparent flames, people used to be amicable and friendly with the people they occasionally had heated discussion with. That seems to have passed, with real meanness being far more prevalent than before. Any way. Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish. manoj -- Freedom from incrustation of grime is contiguous to rectitude. Manoj Srivastava <sriva...@debian.org> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/> 1024D/BF24424C print 4966 F272 D093 B493 410B 924B 21BA DABB BF24 424C
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