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Vote mechanism Re: Voting procedures

From: Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:26:34 +0100
To: "public-w3process@w3.org" <public-w3process@w3.org>, "Charles McCathie Nevile" <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
Message-ID: <op.wo7bekv7y3oazb@chaals.local>
On Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:11:42 +0100, Charles McCathie Nevile  
<chaals@yandex-team.ru> wrote:

BTW relevant part of the process document:  

> ===Tactical voting vs Desired outcomes
> The current system, with multiple votes of equal weight, strongly  
> rewards tactical voting for a single candidate (although for example the  
> current TAG election is for four, and AB elections are for four or five).
> This puts the voters in a dilemma - do they vote tactically to ensure  
> their most desired candidate has the best chance, or do they vote  
> according to more general preferences and hope they are in line with  
> everyone else so the result is reasonable.

One reason I think this is a problem is because I am faced with the  
dilemma, and repeatedly choose between two not very good alternative  
voting strategies.

Almost inevitably I end up voting for the single candidate I most want to  
win. This is an all-or-nothing strategy, and means a lot of my intention  
is completely lost.

> A couple of alternatives have been proposed - either using W3C's current  
> WBS system (essentially ranking all candidates in preference order, I  
> don't know the details of the algorithm used from there), or "a system  
> of optional preferential voting" (there are plenty to choose from, each  
> with slight differences).

I prefer optional preferential systems. But I would take almost anything  
as a major improvement on the existing system.



Charles McCathie Nevile - Consultant (web standards) CTO Office, Yandex
       chaals@yandex-team.ru         Find more at http://yandex.com
Received on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 11:27:05 UTC

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