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Re: Fedora Board election results

On Tue, 2008-06-24 at 11:21 -0600, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 11:12 AM, Josh Boyer <jwboyer gmail com> wrote:
> > On Tue, 2008-06-24 at 08:40 -0800, Jeff Spaleta wrote:
> >> On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 8:23 AM, Josh Boyer <jwboyer gmail com> wrote:
> >> > ´╗┐What purpose would getting the answers to those questions serve?
> >>
> >> If we are unhappy with the total voter turnout and want to do
> >> something about it for the next election... then making an effort to
> >> identify if there is an imbalance in the voting would be worthwhile.
> >> Did our European contributors vote in proportion to their cla numbers
> >> compared to the North American contributors? If not.. then we know to
> >> lean on Max and try to get those numbers up for the next election.  He
> >> should be fluent in European by now, so he shouldn't need any help
> >> traveling the countryside gathering voters in his wake.
> >
> > That answers the geographic question you had.  Sounds like a very sane
> > reason and I'm also curious as to what the results of that would be.
> >
> > Why do you want to know about the percentage of Red Hat voters vs.
> > community?
> >
> If the majority of people who voted are inside of RH and not out...
> then you have a potential bias you need to focus on the next election.
> Why didn't people outside of RH vote? Is the process working? Do
> people not feel franchised?

You aren't going to be able to answer those questions without asking
people directly.  And for those outside of Red Hat that _did_ vote, it's
a pointless question.

You can get the answers to those specific questions without finding out
a percentage of Red Hat vs. non-Red Hat voters.  Just ask people on
blogs, f-a-b, fedora-devel, <other communication channel> to explain why
they didn't vote.

> > Or, put another way, what difference does that distinction make?  Should
> > we get the same data for Dell and IBM (as they have separate CLAs like
> > Red Hat)?
> >
> > IMHO, a voter's employer just doesn't matter.
> >
> It does if people outside of RH feel they are not going to be
> recognized or represented and thus give up on the system.

Voting is one of the ways to have them feel recognized and represented.
If they didn't bother to vote, they gave up that mechanism for
representation voluntarily.


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