[Foundation] (no subject)

Iain Shigeoka iain.shigeoka at messaginglogic.com
Thu Aug 22 00:08:36 CDT 2002

On 8/21/02 12:46 PM, "Adam Theo" <theo at theoretic.com> wrote:

> Up until Iain's posts here, I was not liking the closed ballot idea. I
> did think it would be best to have all votes open and viewable after the
> fact. But after reading Iain's argument about needing to protect people
> in the corporate world that we are trying to woo, I grudgingly accept a
> closed ballot. But how about also allowing voters to decide if their
> vote is made public or kept closed? closed by default.

Giving people the option of revealing their official vote creates just as
bad a situation.  Imagine, I run some evil technology company and I want to
coerce votes.  I tell people I'll pay them $10 if they vote a certain way
(or free licenses to my software).  They of course have to prove it by
showing their vote publically.  I also let it be known to all my employees
that if they don't vote for my agenda and prove it by showing their vote
publically, they can forget their X-mas bonuses.

If there is no way to know the official vote of any particular person these
strong arm tactics are much more difficult to carry out.


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