[Board] motions from June 18 meeting - making OSGeo Charter membership more exclusive

Bart van den Eijnden bartvde at osgis.nl
Mon Jun 22 10:10:06 PDT 2015

Actually the way we measure now (% support) there is no difference between a NO and an ABSTAIN? Should we not leave out ABSTAIN from the total population?


YES / (NO + YES)  = percentage support?

Best regards,

> On 22 Jun 2015, at 19:06, Peter Baumann <p.baumann at jacobs-university.de> wrote:
> just to speak it out: of course NOs are one way of upvoting a favourite candidate.
> -Peter
> On 06/22/15 19:02, Jorge Sanz wrote:
>> 2015-06-22 18:09 GMT+02:00 Daniel Morissette <dmorissette at mapgears.com>:
>>> Margherita makes a very good point here, that if someone gets multiple NO
>>> votes then they are probably not a good candidate. That's what I would have
>>> thought as well.
>>> However, after last year's election I was extremely surprised to see that
>>> even the top-5 candidates which all got over 70% support also got 2-3 NO
>>> votes each:
>>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Election_2014_detailed_results
>>> I don't understand why someone would vote NO for those 5 people as charter
>>> members given track record. I can only imagine that not everybody interprets
>>> the "NO" vote to mean the same thing...
>> I'm pretty sure of that Daniel, and we only can try to improve that
>> being well explicit on the instructions but still many people don't
>> read the explanations.
>> I remember watching someone votes (no name, just his/her votes) and I
>> was surprised of seeing a lot of NOes and thinking "he has not
>> understood what we wanted to mean by a YES/NO/Abstain".
>> We'll try this year to improve the instructions on the voting, definitely.
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