[ros-dev] Voting system

Murphy, Ged (Bolton) MurphyG at cmpbatteries.co.uk
Wed Oct 19 15:23:45 CEST 2005

Brandon Turner wrote:

> I _strongly_ disagree with this.

Me too. I'll just elaborate on the reasons Brandon gave

> 1) No way to make sure no one is cheating and not voting a 
> bunch of times.

Developers are put into the developer group on the board. Thus, only
registered developers can vote. This will stop people from registering 50
different logins and altering the vote, which could not be controlled if
everyone was allowed to vote.

> 2) I don't think everyone voting is educated well enough on 
> the topic.

This is also very true. Core design decisions cannot be made by people who
do not have a deep knowledge of the subject. Opening up voting to everyone
could possibly generate in bad results

> In the case coding questions like the macros vote we recently had, I 
> didnt vote.  

Me either. I didn't fully understand the repercussions, therefore my vote
should not effect the outcome.

> In the 
> case of a PC, I just dont think that a user that reads the message 
> boards or the general mailing list will have enough info and feel for 
> who should and shouldnt be a PC.  In both cases people with 
> education on 
> the topic will probably outnumber those who do know about it, 
> and might 
> skew things very badly.

This is just one of many examples. Another one would be the recent
discussions between Alex and Emmanuelle about splitting win32 the subsystem.
This isn't a decision that people not working with the code should be making
.... consider the users who come into the forums asking what version of
Linux ReactOS is based on. Should they be allowed to sway this decision.

To stop any animosity of users towards devs, the votes could be made hidden.
However I don't think this is a requirement as I think the majority of users
would understand the position on voting. 
It would also be interesting for users to see the voting results, and how
ReactOS is developing.

If there is a vote where the users input is needed, then it can obviously be
placed in another section where the users have write access. This was
demonstrated recently when Alex Ionescu started the poll on feature


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