[OpenStack Foundation] Individual Member Election Statistics

Tristan Goode tristan at aptira.com
Wed Oct 3 15:02:18 UTC 2012

On 04/10/2012, at 12:31 AM, "Rick Clark" <rick at openstack.org> wrote:

> 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.

I'm concerned this problem will increase rapidly as larger companies discover this is an easy and cheap way to get a seat, or a second seat, or even take two individual seats on the Board.

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

Commendable approach!


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