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Board Elections open on 13 June



SHORT FORM:
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Elections for the Fedora Project Board open at 0001 UTC on 13 June 2008
-- or about 3.5 hours from the time of this message.  The voting system
is available at:  https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting

The voting system uses the range voting method:
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Range_voting 

Any FAS account holder who has completed the CLA may vote in the
election.  Voting is open until 2359 UTC on 22 June 2008.  Election
results will be announced shortly thereafter.  The final appointed seat
on the Board will be filled after the general election as well.

Thank you to all the Board members whose seats are up for election, to
Nigel Jones for our new voting application, and to the community in
advance, for casting their votes for Fedora leadership.


LONG FORM (including nominees and other background):
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Recently we converted one Red Hat-appointed seat to a community-elected
seat, so there are now five (5) elected seats and four (4) appointed
seats.  To even out the Board turnover, community members have the
opportunity to vote for four (4) elected seats in this election.  The
elected person with the fourth-highest vote total will serve a
half-length term, with that seat being back up for election after the
release of Fedora 10.  In addition, Karsten Wade's appointment has been
extended by six months.  This means that after the release of Fedora 10,
we will elect two seats and appoint two seats, thus returning to a
turnover of roughly half the Board after each release of Fedora.

The seats of current Board members Jef Spaleta, Dennis Gilmore, Chris
Aillon, and Bob McWhirter are being vacated in this election.  In
addition, the seats of Steve Dickson and Seth Vidal, Board members
appointed by Red Hat, are also being vacated.  Steve is to be succeeded
by Harald Hoyer, and the final appointment will be announced after the
general Board elections are over.  I would like to thank each of these
people for the time and effort they've put into vigorously representing
the entire Fedora community on the Board.

The processes are documented on the Fedora wiki at:
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board/Elections 
In the past few days, the Board and I realized that our guidelines
hadn't been updated to match the current FAS implementation, so I've
updated them appropriately with the approval of the Board.  

The election system has changed from approval voting to range voting,
but no actual changes have been made in voting requirements.  The
wording on the wiki has been changed to accurately reflect how the new
Fedora Account System works.

The nominees for the four elected seats, in no particular order, are:

Jon Stanley (jds2001)
Tom Callaway (spot)
Josh Boyer (jwb)
Jonathan Roberts (JonRob)
Seth Vidal (skvidal)
Dennis Gilmore (irc:dgilmore fas:ausil)
Jef Spaleta (irc:spoleeba fas:jspaleta)
Jesse Keating (irc:f13 fas:jkeating)

Note that you do not have to cast a vote blindly -- you can feel free to
ask questions of the candidates. Email them, or feel free to ask your
questions on a list they frequent, such as the fedora-advisory-board
list:
  http://redhat.com/archives/fedora-advisory-board 

The nominees have also placed some summary information about their
background and goals on the wiki nominations page:
  https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Board/Elections/Nominations 

These summaries are also available from the "Info" link next to each
candidate's name in the voting system.

To cast your vote, visit: https://admin.fedoraproject.org/voting 

If you have any problems with voting, report them immediately in the
ticket system, at:  https://admin.fedoraproject.org/tickets 
Use the "elections" category when you file your ticket so that it is
directed quickly to the appropriate parties.

* * *

I'd like everyone voting to remember that this isn't a popularity
contest, or a reward system. Think about how you'd like to Board to look
when you vote, the same way you think about how you'd like any
government body to look when you cast votes for their elections. We have
a lot of worthy candidates on this list, and you should pick the ones
that you feel will best represent you in advancing the Fedora Project.

This is one of numerous ways in which our community makes decisions
about the leadership of Fedora.  Your vote counts, and I hope you take
advantage of it.

-- 
Paul W. Frields                                http://paul.frields.org/
  gpg fingerprint: 3DA6 A0AC 6D58 FEC4 0233  5906 ACDB C937 BD11 3717
  http://redhat.com/   -  -  -  -   http://pfrields.fedorapeople.org/
  irc.freenode.net: stickster @ #fedora-docs, #fedora-devel, #fredlug

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