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Re: voting mechanics draft update



On Mon, Nov 18, 2002 at 03:39:21PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 18, 2002 at 12:11:30AM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > It is not possible for to express a lack of preference among multiple
> > options simultaneously with a preference for any of those multiple
> > options over another option?
> 
> [ 1 ] Foo
> [ 2 ] Bar
> [ 2 ] Baz
> [ 3 ] Quux
> 
> should work fine with the voting software as it stands; I don't know
> that anyone cares enough to make it officially supported.

Well, I actually think we should.  It's nice to have this expressiveness
and I think we should mandate its preservation.

I say this because I was thinking that we'd be changing the voting
procedure such that there'd be no numbers on the ballot.

E.g., given options "Foo", "Bar", "Baz", "Quux", a ballot would look
like this:

Quux
Baz
Bar

In other words, implicit ranking only by order of appearance.

Perhaps this explains Raul's reply to my message about "decreasing order
of preference".

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G. Branden Robinson                |     Software engineering: that part of
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     computer science which is too
branden@debian.org                 |     difficult for the computer
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     scientist.

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