[OpenStack Foundation] Individual Member Election Statistics

Matt Joyce matt at nycresistor.com
Wed Oct 3 08:23:17 UTC 2012

I agree.

On Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 1:07 AM, Thierry Carrez <thierry at openstack.org> wrote:
> 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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