Re: FAQ Process

From: Karl Auerbach <karl_at_cavebear_dot_com>
Date: Tue Dec 02 2003 - 22:41:57 CST

On Tue, 2 Dec 2003, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:

> I am working with others on the list to develop the FAQ. I will be posting
> questions to the list. The FAQ team will process the answers, organize
> them, and get them posted to the OVC web site. We have over 50 questions
> sofar. I will post them one at a time -- maybe 5 or so per day.
>
> Karl Auerbach will be editorial chief. We need other people to help with
> the document. We need your input and the document will require on-going
> maintenance. If you are interested in helping with the FAQ, please let us
> know.

Wow, I got elevated fast. ;-)

OK, Alan has sent me various questions. Can I assume that you all have
them too?

My thought was to build the FAQ in sections, each subsection having
several question/answer pairs, and using HTML as the underlying formatting
language.

I figured either one large file or one "master" file and then subsidiary
files, one per section.

I mentally have the following thoughts as to the sections:

I. Overview - what is this whole thing about. This would include
questions/answers about why this is different than DREs, what "voter
verified" means, etc.

II. Terminology - there are a lot of overloaded words that we need to pin
down: ballot, contest, vote counting methods, etc.

III. Scenerios - walk the readers through samples of how they would
actually use this system in the role of a voter, in the role of a poll
worker, in the role of a counting center worker, in the role of a poll
monitor, ... the point of view of a county voting administrator (we want
to make sure that these folks, in particularl, understand this system. ;-)

IV. The physical components - the station in which the voter creates the
paper ballot, the ballot reader, the voting box, the tabulation equipment

V. Disabled access - how this system helps those with impairments to vote.

VI. The ballot - describe the paper ballot, what's on it and why, etc.

VII. Implementation - all the parts.

VIII. The demonstration - what the demo is, how it relates to "real life".

IX. Economics - how much such a system will cost to operate, life cycle
costs, can it be maintained?, how can it evolve...

                --karl--

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