Re: open source voting links...

From: Nathan L. Adams <adamsn79_at_bellsouth_dot_net>
Date: Sat Jul 17 2004 - 20:42:26 CDT

On Saturday 17 July 2004 06:42 pm, Alan Dechert wrote:
> Frankly, it's very hard to get a serious open source voting software
> development project going. More that a couple of people have tried. And
> now that OVC has some visibility, it's probably even more difficult (the
> first thing the media or prospective participants ask is, "Who else is
> working on open source voting software?").
> Like, the Open Vote Foundation ( ) seems to
> have the most recent message on their web site dated around Feb.

The last message sent to OVC-demo-team (besides a ping I sent yesterday) is
dated 6-3-2004; so yes it is hard to get a serious Free/Open Source Software
project going, and it can apparently be even harder to *keep one going*.

Here are some thoughts on how to keep such a project going:

1) Don't discourage work as being not needed with promises of
grants/funding/whatever being "just around the corner".

2) Don't discourage work as being not needed because "we'll soon have an army
of graduate students to do that". Armies of graduate students are generally
good for one or two purposes: earning their Masters degrees and keeping their
professors gainfully employed, IMHO. At the very least, an army of grad
students would benifit tremendously by *partnering* with an even larger army
of passionate volanteers.

3) Don't belittle other competing Free/Open Source projects. Period. Court
them, partner with them, borrow their ideas, and borrow their code. But above
all, respect them as members of the same community.


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