[OpenID board] Adapting the Voting Tool for the Specs Council?

David Recordon david at sixapart.com
Mon Jan 26 18:49:10 UTC 2009

While the specs council vote is designed as a recommendation to the  
membership, I'm also trying to capture the current ad hoc involvement  
of community members who are not members of the Foundation.  I imagine  
it would work something like this:
1) Proposers work on building consensus around their proposal on the specs at openid.net 
  mailing list working toward the final version
2) Propoers submit the proposal to the Specs Council which begins the  
15 day period
3) Sometime within the 15 days (ideally as soon as possible) the Specs  
Council creates the vote within the tool designating it as a Specs  
Council + Community (anyone) vote
4) An email is sent to the specs at openid.net list announcing the  
recommendation vote, noting that only specs council members have  
binding votes, but encouraging anyone who wants to to vote
5) Once all of the Specs Council members have voted or 15 days have  
elapsed, whichever comes first, the results are shown at a public URL  
showing how each council member voted and aggregated counts of how the  
community voted
6) The Foundation Membership approval vote is created and runs  
normally also providing a link to the results of the Specs Council +  
community vote


On Jan 26, 2009, at 9:48 AM, Martin Atkins wrote:

> David Recordon wrote:
>> I'm wondering what it would take to make the voting tool be able to  
>> help out the specs council?  Like other votes, some of the  
>> challenges are sifting through an email thread collecting votes,  
>> getting people to realize that they're supposed to vote in a  
>> certain thread and mixing the input between the community and  
>> council members.  What I'd propose is that we add the ability to  
>> vote on proposals to the voting tool in such a way where anyone  
>> (including non-members) can vote though the results are displayed  
>> split up between the council member votes and the wider community  
>> votes (a bit like how the US election has the popular vote and the  
>> electoral vote).  Ideally this would be extended to the final  
>> approval vote as well so that anyone could vote but only the votes  
>> from Foundation members would be counted.
>> Who should I work with to make this happen?  Other ideas on how  
>> this should work?
> It was my understanding that the specs council vote was essentially  
> a recommendation to the community on how to vote, so it seems like  
> the specs council vote ought to happen first, rather than in  
> parallel with the community vote.
> Displaying the specs council result on the voting page for the  
> community vote would be good, though. I assume that right now that  
> could be done less elegantly by simply including the specs council  
> result in the text that introduces the vote.
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