[OpenStack Foundation] Individual Member Election Statistics

Rick Clark rick at openstack.org
Wed Oct 3 14:30:11 UTC 2012

People tend to vote as a herd. If a company has lots of contributors, I
would expect them to have lots of individual members and
disproportionate voting.  I think this is the case with Rackspace, they
obviously have a lot of contributors and they naturally voted for their
coworkers.  I have no problem with that.

There is another case, though, that I think has reared it's ugly head,
where companies asked people to join that were not contributing to
Openstack in any way, to help them win the election. I think this within
the rules, as I understand them, but extremely bad form, and something
that needs to be fixed.

We specifically avoided this at Cisco.  We did encourage people to vote
for us, but only the openstack team.

I don't think anyone cheated, but, I think we need to look at how we can
run the election in the future to make sure that all the seats aren't
taken by large corporate entities that already have a voice on the
board.  I think that was the initial reason we even had individual seats.


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