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Re: Debian Project Leader Elections 2007: Draft ballot

On Wed, 28 Mar 2007 21:08:45 +0200, Josip Rodin <joy@entuzijast.net> said: 

> On Wed, Mar 28, 2007 at 12:31:00PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>> >> >> redundant information eases parsing of potentially MTA
>> >> >> mangled ballots
>> >> 
>> >> > It eases the parsing of occasional corner cases with some
>> >> > voters, yes, but if forces *all* voters to read something that
>> >> > is inherently confusing.
>> >> 
>> >> [ ] Choice 1: Foooo [ ] Choice 2: Baar
>> >> 
>> >> Is inherently confusing? To whom?  Are you personally confused?
>> >> or are you speculating?
>> > That is inherently confusing because you also have to use the
>> > numbers 1 and 2 for the rankings. Using the same set of options
>> > for two different things, where you could use two distinct sets
>> > of options for each different thing, is what is inherently
>> > confusing.
>> Actually, I used numbers for lots more things. I used numbers to
>> count money to pay for my coffee this morning. One dollar, Two
>> dollars.  I, however, failed to get confused with the rankings for
>> my vote with the money I counted out.

> Well, let me provide a more accurate analogy - if you pay several
> bills with that money, the bills don't have numbers assigned to them
> that you have to know about, they simply have the names of the
> recipients.

        Thanks for proving my point.  Every single one of those bills
 have a serial number, which, like the  Choice N string, is of little
 interest to me. I, there fore, ignore it; and rarely get confused
 about the amount of money I am handing over because of the serial

        The Mint, and the banks, and other behind the scenes entities
 (like devotee), probably care a heck of a lot about the serial
 numbers that we have grown used to ignoring.

        quod erat demonstrandum.

"Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser." Vince Lombardi,
football coach
Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/>
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