[Members] Abstaining on XSF ballots

Alexander Gnauck gnauck at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 17:33:44 UTC 2014

>>  I believe that our voting rules do not preclude a member from 
>>abstaining in any question and does not require a member to make all 
>>the allowed choices. This would allow one to, for instance, abstain in 
>>the membership question for a candidate whom works for the same firm 
>>as the voting member.
>>  I think the member bot should be updated to such that each yes/no 
>>question also has an abstain choice and for each question which allows 
>>one to “choose N of listed options” that an option to make no further 
>>choices be given.
>>  I note that a member who abstains from a ballot question, or all 
>>ballot questions, should be considered present for the purposes of 
>>establishing a quorum (the question of quorum is independent of the 
>>ballot question itself).
>I raised the question of abstaining from membership votes a while back, 
>and the conclusion I think we reached was that it was largely 
>redundant, because an abstention would be functionally equivalent to 
>voting against the candidate.
>For Board and Council elections, though, it seems wrong to require one 
>to vote for five candidates (this wasn’t true with the old voting 
>system), so we should, as and when possible, fix it.

I agree with Kevin and remember our previous discussions.

I anybody wants to recast his votes I am happy to do this manual. Just 
contact me by email or XMPP.


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