Upcoming Fedora elections
Paul W. Frields
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Mon Oct 26 22:15:20 UTC 2009
On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 03:45:25PM -0600, Matt Domsch wrote:
> Yes, it's that time of year again. Rain is falling, another Fedora
> release is about to conquer the known world, and volunteers everywhere
> are busy preparing their ideal Fedora Mission Statements to captivate
> the electorate. Fedora's Winter Election is upon us.
> The first order of business is to find an Election Coordinator. For
> the last 2 election cycles I have volunteered for this role, with the
> able assistance of John Rose (inode0), and Thorsten Leemhuis (thl) and
> others. This cycle, I would like someone besides myself from the Fedora
> community to volunteer as Election Coordinator. Raise your hand,
> don't be shy! If you have been harboring a secret (or public) list of
> all my mistakes, here's your chance to set things right!
I think you did a great job, but I also appreciate that we should try
passing the baton. I'd love someone to volunteer to take up the
> As Election Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to:
> * propose, get buy-in, and finalize the schedule
> * schedule forums (traditionally IRC and with FUDCon Toronto, Live)
> * seek forum moderators
> * if desired, gather questions from the electorate, distribute to the
> candidates, gather and post their answers.
> * coordinate with Infrastructure to be sure the elections app is
We can arrange for the forum responsibilities to be shared, as in the
last cycle, so that no one has to conduct all of them. That worked
out quite well as I recall.
> Second, a schedule will need to be set. At the Board meeting this
> week, we agreed that it would be nice to hold in-person forums at
> FUDCon Toronto, December 5-7, for those who can attend. Our election
> rules require us to complete the election within 30 days of the Fedora
> 12 release, so must end by December 17. Per Nigel Jones, author of
> our voting system, most of the votes cast were within the first 2-3
> days, so running it Dec 8-17 would be sufficient.
My recollection from the last general election is that I asked Nigel
about the voting rates and it was clustered pretty heavily at the
beginning. I'm sure if I recalled that wrong, he'll pitch in a
> Before these, we typically hold nominations for 2 weeks, and a week
> for IRC Town Halls to be scheduled. Thorsten also requested after the
> last election that we have a few days between end of nominations and
> beginning of the town halls, to allow time for candidates to be given
> a set of questions, and sufficent time to answer.
> Third, we need to be sure of all the committees who are holding an
> election. The committee chairs can assist here. I believe that the
> Board, FESCo, and Ambassadors are electing members, and that the
> Fedora 13 naming election will happen too. Are there any I missed?
I believe the Fedora 13 naming election will be happening
significantly before FUDCon, so that we can announce the new name at
the event. Although that's not technically a requirement, and can be
dropped if desired, it's a little bit of extra fun. Names would be
collected around the second week in November and a vote around the end
of the month.
> Feedback on prior elections, ideas for how to improve this cycle, and
> volunteers for Election Coordinator all welcome.
Matt, thanks for your previous good work in running elections, and for
helping to kick this off.
Paul W. Frields http://paul.frields.org/
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