[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G 2015 bidding selection process
cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Tue Feb 4 02:05:28 PST 2014
Thanks Eli for highlighting the issue of a tie vote. I agree that the
voting method is not too important, so long as it is agreed upon before
hand, and has a system for resolving ties.
I propose we extend current text from:
//OSGeo conference committee members will individually order the
proposals from best to worst based on their subjective judgement of the
proposal. The final selection will be determined by aggregating the
*/In the case of a tie, the Conference Committee chair's vote will used
to resolve the tie.
(I've updated the RFP text to include this sentence)
On 04/02/14 18:17, Eli Adam wrote:
> Hi Conf-dev (and to some extent Board),
> The follow views are my own, not necessarily shared by the PDX LOC or
> others. I invite others, especially members of LOCs that were
> involved in bid selection ties (somewhat common: PDX, DC, Prague, and
> Beijing), to share their thoughts as well.
> Perhaps the board should make an expression of financial viability and
> risk preference (if any) *before* the conference committee votes since
> it is impossible (or at least very difficult) to do *after* the
> conference committee has made a recommendation. This could take the
> form of something like, "The OSGeo Board finds all these bids to be
> financially viable and of acceptably low risk and will be happy to
> approve any of them recommended by the Conference Committee"
> When there are ties it means that there are great proposals. When
> there are great proposals, lightheartedness, not overly serious
> deliberation, is needed. A decision between great proposals is more
> inconsequential than important (either would be great events). If the
> rare case of two very poor bids comes in, they should both be rejected
> and new bids sought.
> My opinion on conference committee selection is that kicking
> irreconcilable ties to the board is a form of escalation and what is
> needed is deescalation. It is better for the conference committee
> chair and the loc chairs sort it out. A video call with a coin flip
> would work. I think that the chair deciding is fine too and if we are
> in a case where the chair is abstaining, then the tie breaker must be
> allotted to some other conference committee member in advance. In all
> cases, the conference committee should come to some conclusion even if
> it is by arbitrary methods. Escalation to the Board unnecessarily
> raises the stakes which does not benefit anyone and does not improve
> the quality of the decision.
> Best Regards, Eli
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