Sarge Release Schedule in view of GR 2004-003

By Jochen Voss, last updated 2011-09-02

This page illustrated the Debian voting system using the Debian General Resolution 2004-004 as an example. A detailed explanation and links to further resources can be found in my article about the Debian voting system.


While this page tries to describe the outcome of the general resolution it is by no means official. The official outcome is of course determined by the Debian project secretary, who might have his own opinion about these matters.


From the official web page for the GR2004-004 vote we can get the tally sheet with all the individual votes. There are seven options to choose from, which are explained in detail on the GR2004-004 vote page:

A: Postpone changes until September 2004  [needs 3:1]
B: Postpone changes until Sarge releases  [needs 3:1]
C: Add apology to Social Contract         [needs 3:1]
D: Revert to old wording of SC            [needs 3:1]
E: "Transition Guide" foundation document [needs 3:1]
F: Reaffirm the current SC                [needs 1:1]
X: Further discussion

Feeding the tally file into my debian-vote script gives the following output:

        A    B    C    D    E    F    X
   A    -   45  187  200  213  289  293
   B  301    -  271  257  273  322  339
   C  149   77    -  180  186  267  270
   D  160  122  174    -  181  239  255
   E  131   86  143  179    -  250  258
   F   65   55   74  116   83    -  155
   X   78   45   93  110  106  188    -

quorum requirement: R=45.224440295044
all options passed quorum

using 3:1 supermajority for options A, B, C, D and E
using 1:1 supermajority for options F and X
option C eliminated (fails the supermajority requirement 3:1)
option D eliminated (fails the supermajority requirement 3:1)
option E eliminated (fails the supermajority requirement 3:1)
option F eliminated (fails the supermajority requirement 1:1)

option A eliminated (B beats A but A does not beat B)
option X eliminated (A beats X but X does not beat A)
the Schwartz set is { B }

result: option B wins

Vote Graph

The vote graph before dropping options because of the supermajority requirement is displayed in figure 1.

[vote graph for GR2004-004]

Figure 1. The vote graph for GR2004-004 before applying the supermajority rules. An arrow from X to Y indicates that option X defeats option Y, the numbers next to the arrow give the number of corresponding votes. For example there were 301 votes cast preferring B over A while only 45 votes preferred A over B. Thus B defeats A.

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