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Hi guys,

On Sat, 2010-11-20 at 01:57 +0100, Bernhard Dippold wrote:
Cor Nouws schrieb:
Has been considered that this leads to a situation where each year
people have to get used to the tasks, the other board members etc. so
that maybe it is a bit inefficient?

        This is fairly normal, and there is usually both change and continuity
in things like the GNOME board. Also, old-timers are usually around and
willing to help out mentoring / getting people up-to-speed.

Well, that is a good question. My personal take was at first for a 2
years mandate. Then some others thought that 6 months would be good. I
sliced the apple into two :)

        I like a year-long term; it seems a good balance.

In line with this, I would propose split elections: Appr. 50% of the
seats each year.

        So - I havn't got to looking at this in detail yet; but I strongly
recommend a 'fair' voting scheme - such as used by GNOME - ie. STV. This
makes it very difficult for a contributor with 51% of the votes to get
100% of the seats [ which 1st past the post assures ].

        However - the obvious benefits of STV are really watered down by a
smaller electorate due to rounding errors; obviously, if (using STV) you
elect one person at a time, you have some of the first-past-the-post

        Then, there is the admin overhead of elections, and the problems of
getting people to vote more regularly.

        Thus, overall - I would strongly recommend a single, big vote, once per
year to elect everyone - and not worry about the continuity issues: they
tend to fix themselves. The electorate tends to value such things as
"experience" in the candidate's statements.



--  <><, Pseudo Engineer, itinerant idiot

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