Michael Barton michael.barton at asu.edu
Tue Oct 31 10:02:40 EST 2006

I agree with much of this thread and so won't copy it all yet again below.

With respect to voting, the kind of voting that Markus suggested (-1, -0, 0,
+0, +1) can be useful as a way to quickly get a consensus or find out if one
is not yet achievable. -0 and +0 express some degree of preference; +1 and
-1 indicate that the voter is willing to shoulder the responsibility to
achieve the end result.

Many things don't need a vote. Those that could most benefit are probably
the minor items where it would simply help to get people's opinion. The
major items need discussion and consensus.

Michael Barton, Professor of Anthropology
School of Human Evolution & Social Change
Center for Social Dynamics & Complexity
Arizona State University

phone: 480-965-6213
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www: http://www.public.asu.edu/~cmbarton

> From: Paul Kelly <paul-grass at stjohnspoint.co.uk>
> Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2006 12:14:43 +0000 (GMT)
> To: Frank Warmerdam <warmerdam at pobox.com>
> Cc: Paul Kelly <paul-grass at stjohnspoint.co.uk>, Helena Mitasova
> <hmitaso at unity.ncsu.edu>, <debeaudette at ucdavis.edu>, Scott Mitchell
> <smitch at mac.com>, Maciej Sieczka <tutey at o2.pl>, Markus Neteler
> <neteler.osgeo at gmail.com>, Michael Barton <michael.barton at asu.edu>, Hamish
> Bowman <hamish_nospam at yahoo.com>, Massimiliano Cannata
> <massimiliano.cannata at supsi.ch>, Brad Douglas <rez at touchofmadness.com>
> Subject: Re: GRASS PSC
> Agreed. I hope people can see where I'm coming from that if everything
> continues to work as it does, there really should be very rarely a need to
> vote on anything. Voting by its nature is divisive and I don't like it. I
> think discussion until a consensus is reached is the best way forward, and
> having to vote on anything will be a serious last resort, a recognition
> that we have failed to agree. In that light I don't think devising
> intricate voting procedures is something we should be spending a lot of
> time on at the minute.
> A GRASS-PSC mailing list is a basic requirement though, I think. We could
> copy this thread into the archive once it is set up.
> Paul

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