[OpenStack Foundation] Individual Member Election Statistics

Matt Joyce matt at nycresistor.com
Tue Oct 2 20:29:15 UTC 2012

http://www.music-piracy.com/?p=750  put together some thoughts on the
matter, as well as a couple new graphs from the numbers.

I'm not happy with the numbers.  Dell's foundation membership versus
their community contributions in folsom in particular is extreme.
Explaining their election results being provided by an 88% and an 86%
contribution by their own company is impossible for me to do with any
existing data.  I can't say for certain that someone actively intended
to manipulate the election results.  But I think we're all aware of
what the numbers look like.  And to be very blunt.  They look
artificial.  HP, Rackspace, and Dell all look very anomalous in some
of the results.

Of course, there may be more data out there to explain how these
numbers correlate.  Please by all means provide more data if you can.

The question that remains however, is...

 Are the foundation elections being manipulated?

I'd say the data we have points more to yes than no.  That's an issue.
 And I as a member and developer am concerned.


On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM, Sean Dague <sdague at linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> On 10/02/2012 12:04 PM, Mark McLoughlin wrote:
>> On Tue, 2012-10-02 at 08:37 -0700, James E. Blair wrote:
>>> Before the election, the issue of influence of corporate entities in
>>> the individual member election was raised.  As a result, the election
>>> inspectors agreed it would be beneficial to analyze the election
>>> results to help quantify the role employers played in the election.
>> James and co - that's an excellent piece of work, really fascinating.
>> Well done.
>> This kind of transparency is really great to see - I'm sure we'll all
>> judge these stats differently and draw different conclusions on what
>> this means for the future, but at least we're making those judgements
>> based on real data.
>> Thanks again,
> +1
>         -Sean
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