[Members] voting results board and council elections

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Wed Nov 22 11:51:35 UTC 2017

On 22 November 2017 at 10:59, Alexander Gnauck <gnauck at gmail.com> wrote:
> We will resolve the tie ASAP for the 5th board position between Arc Riley
> and Nicolas Vérité.
> Recommendations for tie resolution according to RFC 3797 are welcome here on
> this list or in the XSF MUC room.

I think this is in line with RFC 3797:

1) As random input source, I propose using the "Main Numbers" from the
Euro Millions draw of next Friday, as announced here:

2) Each number will be arranged in ascending order, separated by dots,
and terminated by "./".

3) The resultant string will be hashed according to SHA-256.

4) The tied candidates will be arranged into alphabetic order (note,
in this case this may be by first or last name, it makes no
difference), to produce:

  Arc Riley
  Nicolas Vérité

5) These will be numbered from 0. Thus Arc is denoted by 0, and Nÿco by 1.

6) The last bit of the hash (or, if you prefer, the value of the hash
as a 256-bit string, modulo the length of the list) will then be used
to select the candidate.

As a worked example, if we take the results from yesterday:

02 - 10 - 14 - 28 - 31

We'd form the string "", which I can hash with:

>>> h = hashlib.sha256('').hexdigest()

Producing a hash (in hex) of

This ending in a zero would result in Arc being selected.

There is absolutely no way I or anyone else can predict or influence
what this resolution will produce on Friday.


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