2016 SPI board elections
chealer at gmail.com
Sat Jul 16 13:58:03 UTC 2016
Greetings to all, and in particular to those I have not had the chance
to collaborate with yet.
Yesterday I became a SPI member, apparently thanks to Martin
Zobel-Helas, just in time for the 2016 SPI board elections, in which I
was able to vote.
Joshua D. Drake
Just one comment on a specific statement, Joshua's. It contains:
> Getting business items in order such as proper insurance and
> professional services.
What this means is vague for me (I fail to see what "business items"
Most statements say a lot more about what one has done than about what
one intends to do. There's still one easy information about who
candidates are which is usually missing : their age.
I had never heard about half of the candidates. I read all of the
platforms, but many candidatures were difficult for me to compare. I
ordered the candidates this way:
> Jimmy Kaplowitz
> Luca Filipozzi
> Craig Small
> Martin Zobel-Helas
> Valerie Young
> Peter Eisentraut
> Tim Potter
> Stephen Frost
> Andrew Tridgell
> R. Tyler Croy
> Philip Balister
> Joshua D. Drake
> Joerg Jaspert
I put dashes between candidates who left me significantly different
impressions. A candidate above a certain dashed line seemed more
preferable to me than one below that same line.
Since I could not express indifference between 2 candidates and express
a preference between those candidates and others at the same time, I
ranked some candidates randomly. The result follows:
> Your vote will be kept confidential. To make it possible for you to
> verify that your vote was counted it will be associated with a secret
> cookie in the result:
> |0259f9f5fc582feb6b85db2d377a239b HEJMLDIFKBACG|
I ranked candidates based on what their statements said about their
achievements, their goals, and my prior perception of them. Being a
long-time Debian developer, my ranking surely shows some bias. I was
hoping for commitments to transparency but did not read much on that.
I have had positive interactions with Martin, who recently showed
concern for transparency. As it took more than a year for my own
application to be processed, I liked Jimmy's statement because it
mentioned there was a problem with delays (although it did not
specifically mention membership delays).
Most candidates have an impressive background. There was a single
candidate I considered putting below "None of the Above"... but there
was no NOTA anyway. Thanks to all those offering themselves.
After entering my ranking, I clicked the "Cast Vote" button. I was not
expecting this to fail and therefore did not pay huge attention, but it
seems it failed. I believe the same page reloaded. What I had entered in
the field was not lost. After I clicked the button a second time, my
vote was successfully cast.
As I was not extremely attentive, there may be a ~ 1% chance I did not
properly click the button. This does not mean there was a server-side
issue, but the client was Firefox 45 on Windows 10, which is really
reliable for such simple pages.
The desire to properly report this presumed issue brings me to a
meta-issue: does SPI not have an issue tracking system?
I only found related discussion in a 2012 IRC log, from 21:15 to 21:18:
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