Result for vote regarding new members for the board of directors

Branden Robinson / SPI Treasurer branden+spi-treasurer at
Sun Feb 23 06:26:20 UTC 2003

[why did you CC Manoj?]

On Sun, Feb 23, 2003 at 07:49:28AM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> Documenting a buggy interface isn't fixing the problem,

I think whether it's a feature or a bug is a matter of opinion.

> and the obvious interpretation of the vote "------1-" or "G" is to
> rank Bruce above everyone else.

It's only "obvious" to people unaccustomed to preferential voting

> For comparison, the latest drafts of the Debian voting
> mechanism say:
>    A.6 Vote Counting
>      1. Each voter's ballot ranks the options being voted on.  Not all
>         options need be ranked.  Ranked options are considered
>                                  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>         preferred to all unranked options.  Voters may rank options
>         ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>         equally.  Unranked options are considered to be ranked equally
>                   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>         with one another.  Details of how ballots may be filled out
>         ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>         will be included in the Call For Votes.

Debian's voting system is required to have properties that take it
afield from the strict Condorcet Cloneproof/SSD method.  Quorums,
default options, and supermajorities are all mandated properties under
the Debian Consitution, for instance.

I don't see the harm in letting SPI experiment with slightly simpler

G. Branden Robinson, Treasurer
Software in the Public Interest, Inc.
treasurer at
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