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Dan Larimer and I sat down together today (I mostly stood) for a lightning edit round on the default Constitution. (Some additional edits are here and will be covered in a separate posting.)
The revisions from that session are visible here:
This post is to give some context to the edits, and to share my recollection of what we said and the thinking behind specific changes.
The introductory remarks "This constitution is a multi-party contract..." is to make clear that the rest of the document is to be read as a contract between the Members.
You'll notice that the Articles weren't re-numbered fully, which actually makes the DIFF easier to read. This was fixed in a later pull request, so don't be surprised when the thing you were referring to as Article 15 later turns into Article 12.
Standard libertarian thinking here, and a useful catch-all in cases people have offered elsewhere about party X threatening party Y.
Changed wording to only prohibit false 'attestations' -- i.e. statements that you make that you explicitly tell others they can rely on as true. This reduces concerns about free speech becoming actionable, and reflects the 'CARS' approach from CACert, where one indicates which statements one is making as a 'reliable statement' that you're willing to be held liable for if other people rely on it being true.
Reworded to make it active voice ("Members grant...") and to acknowledge the case where a referendum might lead to a change of rules that lead to a change of property ownership.
Changed to plural 'Members' for parallel construction, and tightened wording.
Tightened wording and remove list.
Dan extended this based on significant input we've received from our lawyers, among other sources. Same purpose. Merges the old Articles V and VI, which several folks had requested.
Reworded from 'reversal of transactions' to the more generic 'restitution'.
Deleted as out of scope for the Constitution; these points are covered elsewhere.
Added 'free and open source' to this.
This article is still in flux.
Deleted as being too obvious to need stating.
Default changed from ECAF to ICC. Rationale has been explained by Moti on Telegram and (soon) on an EOS Go posting. ECAF work continues but ICC is the placeholder until token holders can amend this Article and elevate ECAF, if they choose to do so.
Removed list of subordinate documents.
Removed Malta. Going without a terrestrial fallback.
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