[Members] voting results board and council elections

Alexander Gnauck alex at ag-software.de
Thu Nov 23 10:34:00 UTC 2017

the ordering is in Dave's proposal:

 0  Arc Riley
 1 Nicolas Vérité


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From: "Ashley Ward" <ash.wardly at gmail.com<mailto:ash.wardly at gmail.com>>
To: "XSF Members" <members at xmpp.org<mailto:members at xmpp.org>>
Sent: 23.11.2017 11:25:28
Subject: Re: [Members] voting results board and council elections

I think we need a process to decide whether we order the names by first or last name...


On 23 Nov 2017, at 10:23, Alexander Gnauck <alex at ag-software.de<mailto:alex at ag-software.de>> wrote:

Thanks Nÿco,

I will execute the random selection then on the next Euro Millions draw which is this Friday, November 24th 2017.

------ Original Message ------
From: "Nicolas Vérité" <nicolas.verite at gmail.com<mailto:nicolas.verite at gmail.com>>
To: "XSF Members" <members at xmpp.org<mailto:members at xmpp.org>>
Sent: 22.11.2017 22:57:28
Subject: Re: [Members] voting results board and council elections

This sounds fair, and I find it very funny.
Good luck Arc! ;-)

On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 12:51 PM, Dave Cridland <dave at cridland.net<mailto:dave at cridland.net>> wrote:
On 22 November 2017 at 10:59, Alexander Gnauck <gnauck at gmail.com<mailto: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.


Nicolas Vérité (Nÿco)

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