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Re: integrity of elections

>> On Mon, 24 Mar 2003 15:54:45 -0500,
>> Raul Miller <moth@magenta.com> said: 

 > I did not vote in this election.  I know who I'd have voted for, if
 > I did vote, but I'm struggling with some more fundamental issues.

	The polls are not yet closed.

 > More generally, most Debian decisions have been made by an
 > "activist elite".  So far, that's seemed to work fairly well --
 > perhaps because of our charter, we've been able to trust that
 > people interested in an issue will make well informed decisions
 > about that issue.

	I think you are making my original point.

 > Or: I don't see the non-involvement of myself (or others) as a sign
 > of ill health for the organization.  It's the way things have
 > always been -- we're a group of volunteer specialists, not
 > political activists.

	My original point was that people who do not actually
 exercise their franchise are unlikely to be one of the active set --
 and need to be looked at to see if they are indeed inactive. Having
 inactive members is not itself unhealthy, except it does inflate
 quorum a trifle, which can be bad in supermajority votes.

	Additionally, identifying inactive developers would help in
 deciding which packages need attention; un maintained packages do
 hurt the project.

	This is not the place to discuss the rest of my position as
 evidenced in the log; we can shift to -project for that.

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