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Re: Election Data



On Tue, 2008-07-22 at 23:06 -0700, CLAY S wrote:
> To whom it may concern:
> 
> As a concerned citizen, deeply committed to improving the long term
> peace and prosperity of my species, I am requesting *anonymous* ballot
> results for your recent score voting elections - purely for scientific
> study.  It is my sincere belief that such data, however anecdotal it
> might be, is the closest we can come to the sort of ballot data we
> would see if score voting had been used in political elections, since
> the Fedora elections are actually consequential (unlike, say, polls).
> 
> Here are some links which underscore my sense that this issue is
> incredibly import for humanity's long-term best interest:
> http://rangevoting.org/LivesSaved.html
> http://rangevoting.org/RelImport.html
> http://rangevoting.org/WorldProblems.html
> 
> This sort of data was made available for the HaikuOS icon selection:
> http://rangevoting.org/HaikuIcon.html
> 
> Debian also makes their election data public, though they use a worse
> and much more complex Condorcet method, called "Shulze".
> http://www.debian.org/vote/2003/leader2003_tally.txt

I don't see a huge problem with this as long as the ballots are
anonymized.  Vote data is often analyzed for trends and other purposes,
and with Fedora being an open, transparent project overall, I think this
request doesn't go counter to our goals.  But I think the Board should
probably make this decision.

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