Re: Discussions in Debian
On Thu, 24 Jun 2004 10:19:04 +0100, Jochen Voss <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> Hello Manoj,
> On Wed, Jun 23, 2004 at 09:12:52PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>> An easier way is to look at the votes when they come out. Anyone
>> who votes further discussion in the top 3 is not interested in
>> compromise or consensus, and has decided "My way or the Highway".
> Sorry, but I think this is not true. Voting further discussion in
> the top 3 may just indicate that the voter has found out about the
> implicit 1:1 super-majority requirement which we have in our current
> voting system.
> In my opinion the best strategy [*] with our current voting system
> is to rank "further discussion" second, directly after your
> favourite option.
Best strategy? My way should win, no matter what? I would
rather have my way win, or else we do nothing? My way alone is worth
considering? Me? Me! ME!!!!!
You may win the battle, but you'll lose the war: you have
just alienated people who do not hink like you. Indeed, this my
opinion is the only one that counts strategy is the problem: the
voting system allows you to be a jerk, and allows you to vote in a
fashion that says you have a closed mind.
> This slightly increases the chances of your favourite option winning
> (the others could be dropped because of the super-majority
> requirement). And you can still indicate your preferences among the
> remaining options.
Yep. Being a closed minded jerk decreases the chances of
reaching a compromise solution. But you are the one choosing to
decrease the chances of anyone elses solution winning.
> Rewarding insincere voting is the price we pay for introducing the
> quorum and super-majority mechanisms.
The voting mechanism is nuetral, it allows you to express an
opinion. Including "My way or the highway". Deciding to express
that opinion is your call. And developers like you are the reason
why Debian is getting to be an unpleasant place: closed minded
bigots who think their opinion is the only one that counts, and the
project could not possibly do anything else, and bring it all down
to a majority rule showdown.
I find that disgusting.
The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his
memos. New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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