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Re: Request for comments [voting amendment]

On Mon, Nov 18, 2002 at 12:00:30AM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> Quoting Constitution section 5.2:

Quoting the same section :-)

    2. The election begins nine weeks before the leadership post becomes
       vacant, or (if it is too late already) immediately.
    8. The Project Leader serves for one year from their election.

I think it's fairly clear that the office remains vacant during repeated

> Alternatively, if the office is already vacant due to resignation,
> recall by the Developers, or other incident, those who feel we shouldn't
> have a Leader at all can buy the decapitation of the Project nine weeks
> at a time.  :)

If a significant fraction of developers feel that not having a leader
is preferable to appointing any of the candidates on the ballot, then
they should be able to vote that way, and I think it is unwise to
actually choose one of the candidates as a winner in such a case.

Similarly, if most developers vote for just one candidate and rank
the rest under the default option, then this indicates a major schism
in the project, one that would only be worsened by selecting a winner
that the majority of the project feels so negatively about.

In summary, I think that leaving the office vacant is in fact a
reasonable default option, and it is the safest option if None Of The
Above is part of a circular tie.

Richard Braakman

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