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Hi Michael,

Michael Meeks wrote (22-11-10 11:50)
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.

What is a balance between a reasonable, common term (2 or 3 years) and non-sense (6 months)?

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

  Can you pls tell what STV is?
And what has a fair voting scheme to do with 100% each year or 50% each year?

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.

Both voting each year for 100% of the seats, or each year for 50% of the seats, result in one election per year. With less counting in the letter case ;-)

        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.

The reasons you gave, that were clear for me so far, did not at all convince me.

Maybe you can further explain what you think to gain with 100% of the seats each year?


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