[Foundation] (no subject)

Iain Shigeoka iain.shigeoka at messaginglogic.com
Wed Aug 21 13:32:54 CDT 2002


On 8/21/02 10:40 AM, "Dirk-Willem van Gulik" <dirkx at webweaving.org> wrote:

>> I'm not a big fan of secret ballots.
> 
> Not secret; closed. I.e. open to inspection.

Yes.  There is a significant difference.

>> Perhaps in a few instances, they can keep people from getting bruised
>> feelings, but that's about the only benefit they have.
> 
> Or protect a voter from the wrath of, for example, their employer who
> wanted a certain voting behaviour. I've seen things akin to personal
> targets or bonus targets set based on an open source project they where
> working on taking a certain direction.

I side with Dirk-Willem on this.  In every good voting system I've seen,
there is a need for voters to have anonymity to avoid outside pressures from
affecting voting.  If we hope to transition Jabber from "just fun" to
"serious commercial" usage, we should take the realities of commercial
pressures into account.  There is just too many ways that people can be
coerced into voting a certain way (even if only by guilt) if their votes can
be traced back to them.

I'm not sure if we need to keep secret how many votes some candidates got
(although I'm not sure of the benefits of it either and there are obvious
disadvantages like discouraging participation).  I do believe we need to
keep confidential what each particular voter did (other than to record that
they made a vote).

-iain




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