[OpenStack Foundation] Individual Member Election Statistics

Thierry Carrez thierry at openstack.org
Wed Oct 3 08:07:40 UTC 2012

Matt Joyce wrote:
>>>  Are the foundation elections being manipulated?
>> I would like to understand why you're asking such unfair question.
> I don't think it is an unfair question.  The data has some pretty
> glaring anomalies which I've taken the time to point out.

I think those results are the *natural* consequence of the low barrier
to membership combined with using cumulative voting. Using an election
method specifically designed to preserve proportionality with a
membership method that doesn't preserve proportionality is not that good.

I'd agree that some companies displayed an impressive voting discipline,
but you could also trace that back to the low barrier to membership
issue: if you're not that involved in OpenStack, you're more likely to
vote for local candidates.

The affiliation limit worked well to avoid getting too many people from
the same over-represented-in-membership corporate entity, so I think
damage is limited. And we vote again in 3 months, with that data in mind.

Personally I regret that what should have been an "individuals elect
individual representative" case ended up being "company employees elect
company representative", but that's about it. We need to discuss how to
raise the bar of membership entry just enough to improve that.

Thierry Carrez

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