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Re: Fedora Board election results

On Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 8:23 AM, Stephen John Smoogen <smooge gmail com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 11:16 PM, Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 freenet de> wrote:
>>> I can see a lot of good points in the discussion.  But if it all boils
>>> down to "I don't have time to participate in Fedora governance," then just
>>> say that.  Because that's really what you are saying.
>> Partially correct.
>> Better would be: I don't have time nor interest in actively
>> participating in this governance system. I do have the time and interest
>> to vote on MY delegate, such that I feel my opinion is represented in
>> this "governance system".
> I think we are still suffering from communication bit loss somewhere
> (German to English or just the human usual I forgot to type
> something). Are you wanting regional representational democracy?
> organizational representational democracy? parliamentary system?
> republic system? A constitutional system?

One difficulty with these elections is that you don't have time during
them to actually learn much about who and what you are voting on.
Range voting does impose a higher burden on the voter than other forms
of voting (this may well be a good thing to impose on the voter, I'm
not arguing that it isn't) but I find it hard in 10 days or even 1
month to learn enough of value to my decision making process to allow
me to cast reasoned votes for 8 people. With elections connected to
release cycles this is likely a problem that can't easily be fixed
since there just isn't much time available.

Another thing that might help is maybe a pre-election statement from
the board to wrap some context around an election. What has the
current board accomplished? What are the major open issues the board
is currently dealing with? Then the candidates rather than saying "I'm
going to work to make Fedora great!" could actually address some of
the outstanding issues directly. Without some focus on issues that
need to be addressed what are we really to base votes on?


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