Electing the new project lead

Pasi Lallinaho pasi at shimmerproject.org
Wed Apr 3 18:11:47 UTC 2013

On 03/04/13 17:38, Joshua O'Leary wrote:
> Its great to be able to elect leaders, but there are two issues with this:
> -Voting should always be done in a secret manner to ensure it is not
> swayed;

I don't think it is a problem that votes are public in this election. If
you disagree, you should discuss with whoever is elected as the project
lead for the next two cycles on making the election section on the
strategy document better.

> -There is no way to ensure someone doesn't vote more than once...

Ultimately, there is no way to ensure somebody doesn't have more than
one account in Launchpad and in the Xubuntu users group.

I think it would be fair/better to consider who is eligible to vote in
the first place. Since it is this late in the cycle I don't think it
would be fair to change the strategy document and possibly be alleged of
favoring myself. (On the other hand, if the whole Xubuntu team thought
the current mechanism is wrong, it might be possible to change the
voting method on cooperation with the Ubuntu community council before
the voting starts this time. I'm disqualified to ask you to do this
either, though.)

> Or am I missing something here

Thanks for the input, but unfortunately it is quite late for me to
affect it at this time.

> Pasi Lallinaho <pasi at shimmerproject.org> wrote:
>     Hello Xubuntu community!
>     It is the time to submit nominations for the next Xubuntu Project Lead
>     for the next two release cycles (see footnote [a] for clarification).
>     Nominations need to be sent to the Xubuntu developer mailing list [1]
>     *before* May 1 with a link to a wiki page for the nominee. Per the
>     strategy document [2], the wiki page should include at least the
>     following information:
>     -- A brief history of the nominee in the FOSS world
>     -- Activities in any relevant teams
>     -- Thoughts about the Xubuntu development, including the biggest
>     challenges and possibilities
>     -- Areas of interest as a project lead, including any changes the nominee
>     is wishing to see in the team
>     Both the nominating person and the nominee need to be members of the
>     Xubuntu users Launchpad group
>     [3].
>     Note: If you are nominating somebody else, please ask them for their
>     consent; only people who are willing to serve as the project lead can be
>     elected.
>     VOTING
>     There are two ways to vote to allow people from every timezone to vote:
>     1) By email, starting at 18UTC on May 1, ending at 18UTC on May 2.
>     2) In the Xubuntu community meeting starting at 18UTC on May 2 on the
>     #xubuntu-devel IRC channel.
>     In the case there are more than one nominee, you should vote for one of
>     the nominees.
>     In the case there is only one nominee, you should vote for or against
>     the nominee.
>     In the case there are no nominees, the voting is cancelled and the
>     Xubuntu team will meet as scheduled to consider the future.
>     Anybody in the Xubuntu users Launchpad group is entitled to vote.
>     If you have any questions, please send them to the Xubuntu developer
>     mailing list
>     [3].
>     Yours truly,
>     Pasi Lallinaho
>     Xubuntu Project Lead
>     [a]
>     The Xubuntu Strategy Document [2] states that the project lead "serves a
>     term of four releases [...] and end with an LTS release". When my term
>     started on October 2011, the term length was set at three cycles, ending
>     with the 13.04 release. To make the term end with an LTS release, the
>     project lead is unlike normally elected for only two cycles.
>     [1] https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/xubuntu-devel
>     [2] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/StrategyDocument
>     [3] https://launchpad.net/~xubuntu-users <https://launchpad.net/%7Exubuntu-users>

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