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Re: Informal Discussion: Identities of Voters Casting a Particular Ballot are No Longer Public

Stefano Rivera <stefanor@debian.org> writes:

> Hi Philip (2022.02.14_13:55:45_+0000)
>> Under what circumstances are we expecting people to think that letting
>> other DDs know how they voted is going to be against their interests?
> From the discussions around recent GRs, I saw that there were community
> members who were uncomfortable making their views on an particular
> decisions public. Not because of fear of attack from a single toxic
> person, but rather that there'd be many people who disagreed with their
> vote.
> I can imagine this if you are voting for the unpopular option, or an
> option perceived as not being politically correct.

I can imagine being fearful of that too, but what I'm interested in is
whether we have any evidence of that fear being justified.

If it is actually the case that any of our votes have been followed by
people giving one-another grief over their vote, that is one thing, and
I think we need to ensure that we have mechanisms for dealing with such
an eventuality.

On the other hand, if that does not actually happen, then I'd suggest
that it's better to establish that as a well known fact than to allow
people to continue being fearful that it might be something they should

I think going to a lot of effort to decide that ballots should be secret
strongly implies that we currently have such a problem, whether we do or
not, which seems only likely to amplify those fears regardless of
whether they are well founded.

Cheers, Phil.
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