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Re: Election Data

On Wed, 2008-07-23 at 12:14 +0000, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> 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.

Nigel Jones just suggested that we might want to instead provide
anonymized data from the release name voting, which is probably less
controversial since no governance was involved. You might even be able
to make the case that the release name election is more contentious. ;-)

Paul W. Frields
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