[OpenStack Foundation] Individual Member Election Statistics

Thierry Carrez thierry at openstack.org
Wed Oct 3 16:26:40 UTC 2012

Doug Hellmann wrote:
> I've looked at a couple of descriptions of Condorcet, and I don't see
> any reason not to use it but I also don't see how it helps solve the
> problem of a disproportionate number of foundation members being
> affiliated with a small number of corporate entities. Is there an
> example or explanation of using a Condorcet system to address this type
> of issue that you can refer me to, or maybe you could summarize how you
> see it helping briefly? Perhaps there is just some inherent feature of
> Condorcet systems that I'm not grokking based on the reading I've done
> so far.

It's not perfect, see my latest post. But with cumulative voting you
only get a chance to say who you like. With ranked choice you can also
say who you dislike. That helps consensus candidates who nobody hates.
As an example, with cumulative voting having 25% of the voters will get
you elected even if the 75% other don't like you. With Condorcet, not so

Thierry Carrez (ttx)
Release Manager, OpenStack

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