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Re: TAG election reform

From: L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 00:43:40 -0700
To: www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <20120417074340.GA15921@crum.dbaron.org>
On Monday 2012-04-16 17:15 +0200, Robin Berjon wrote:
> The three suggested changes are:
> 
>     • Make the list of candidates public so that they can be publicly discussed (this not being the case prevents some communities from following their normal decision process, e.g. Mozilla). This should be trivial to implement (a simple W3C news items would be enough). I don't think that this requires a change to the Process, it's probably just a W3M decision to make.

To be clear, I don't think this is the only reason Mozilla would
want to use a different process; I think it's probably unwise to
discuss the pluses and minuses of people in public the same way we'd
discuss charters.  That said, we could certainly discuss the TAG
election more openly than we do now (e.g., by soliciting feedback).

>     • Use preferential voting so as to produce a fairer, better-informed vote (the current system encourages voting for only one candidate if you strongly favour her). In order to avoid an endless debate as to which voting system is best, I suggest simply using the preferential voting system that WBS already supports. Implementation-wise, I believe that this is a simple matter of picking a different WBS question type. This probably requires a small change to Process since it describes the vote. That said, if there's a way to weasel it past without changing the Process I for one won't complain :)

There are many different ways one could process a list of ranked
preferences.  Which are you proposing?

(I'm actually generally a fan of approval voting, which would mean
keeping the current system, except eliminating the rule that one
can't vote for more candidates than number of open positions.
Though in this case I'd be less opposed to a system involving ranked
preference than I normally would be since I suspect there's less
likely to be well-informed strategic voting (e.g., based on polls).)

-David

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