[aur-general] voting period: Brad Fanella

Xyne xyne at archlinux.ca
Fri Sep 3 05:03:41 EDT 2010

> >> > Out of curiosity, has anyone who's reached the voting period ever failed
> >> > to get the majority of yes votes?
> >> >
> >> > Just a 'historical'-type query, idle curiosity on a holiday.
> >> >
> >> >
> >>
> >> There was a guy that recently tried to help out as a TU, but he needed
> >> more experience and know-how, he wasn't lacking in motivation or cause
> >> though.
> >> He didn't officially apply though.
> >
> > Well yes I remember that guy. I was more wondering about whether a vote
> > has failed before.
> >
> >
> Yes. I can't find it right now but it certainly happened. IIRC it was
> some guy who just came to Arch Linux.

Looking through past votes on the AUR, only 2 have failed to gain a majority.
It's not a surprise though as 33% can be enough to pass (simple majority of
quorum, i.e. > 0.66 * 0.5). That may well be by design and it seems to work

While we're on the subject of voting, what is the point of having both "no" and
"abstain" if they amount to exactly the same thing? It would make more sense to
simply have two options: "vote", which would mean you feel confident that the
person would make a good TU, and "abstain", which would mean that you don't.

Don't worry, I'm not suggesting that we change it... I'm just floating the idea
for the next time someone has to rewrite the interface. ;)

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