Re: the votes are in

Bart Decrem <bart eazel com> writes:

> Hi everyone,
> Thanks to everyone who voted in the strawpoll and to the people who
> weighed in on the issue of whether the board should be elected as a
> slate.
> 27 people voted in the strawpoll:
> -14 in favor of the charter, including the slate
> -13 opposed to the charter, those who explained themselves all said it
> was because of the slates feature.
> Based on the results of the strawpoll and the posts on this list,
> I think it's obvious that the GNOME community wants to elect a board of
> directors by voting for individual members.

Well, you know, I'm a strong supporter of the slate model and if the
community doesn't like it, then of cause we need to honor this and change
the charter accordingly.

However, I don't think a 14/13 vote _for_ the slate model is a good enough
reason to change everything now.

I just looked at the membership list of this mailing list and found out that
we have 126 people on it, so only ~20% of them voted.

Can't we just wait a few days and give more people a chance to vote.

                                  * * *

As a final note, we spend a lot of work on our current charter draft, and I
think we should ask on gnome-hackers (and maybe even gnome-devel-list) as well
to get a better idea whether people like the current charter or not.

What I dislike a lot at the current strawpoll is the fact that it looks to
me that only or at least mostly "uninformed" people voted "No".

I mean, when we ask people to vote for something, we also need to tell them
what they're going to vote for.

So this mail to g-h must include at least

a) a link to the current draft of the charter

b) short outline of our plans regarding elections etc.

c) why we want to have slates (written by a supporter of the slate model)

d) why we dont' want to have slates (written by an opponent of the slate model)

And at this point we should also give people who already voted a chance to
vote again, thus simply restarting the strawpoll from scratch.

Martin Baulig
martin gnome org (private)
baulig suse de (work)

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