Re: Moving contrib and non-free of master.debian.org
On Jun 23, Richard Stallman wrote:
> The ballot will contain the options:
> 1) create nonfree.debian.org domain
> 2) create official.debian.org domain
> 3) keep the current situation
> This way of holding the vote would tend to split the support for
> change. I worry that 100 people might vote for 1, 100 people might vote
> for 2, while 110 people might vote for 3--and 3 would win.
> I suspect that most of the people who prefer 1 would consider 2 better
> than 3, and most of the people who prefer 2 would consider 1 better
> than 3. So I think it is better to vote for three alternatives:
> * Split the servers. (Precisely how, to be determined later.)
> * Don't split the servers.
> * Further discussion.
Debian uses a single transferable voting method, in which developers
rank their preferences. Presumably your votes would be 1243 (in order
of ballot position).
Assuming "no further discussion" appears #1 on the least ballots, it
is dropped and anyone who voted for it as their first preference gets
reallocated to the second preference (i.e. someone voting 2341 will
have their vote reallocated to option 1). This iteration is repeated.
So, assume we have the situation (assuming further discussion was
dropped for now):
1 - 100 first place votes
2 - 80 first place votes
3 - 110 first place votes
Option 2 gets dropped, and everyone who placed option 2 first has
their votes reallocated based on their second preferences (or third
preferences for people who voted x2x1, where x is don't care).
Assuming people who supported 2 are more likely to support opt. 1 than
opt. 3, opt. 1 will win.
Chris, finally finding a use for his political science knowledge
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