Re: Notes #1 from KSG/NSF symposium

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed Jun 02 2004 - 10:56:46 CDT

At 11:31 AM -0400 6/2/04, David Mertz wrote:
>The organizers will publish notes soon, so I'll wait for that to
>refresh my memories of names and sequence. In the meanwhile, two
>brief comments occurred fairly frequently among people I spoke with:
>(1) LOTS of people who generally like the design immediately have
>doubts about the barcode, and recommend without prompting that OCR
>is better for transparency to voters. Almost everyone, actually.

It's one reason I've recommended that the entire ballot have use an
OCR font *in addition to* the bar code. Unfortunately, that would
take extra space.

>(2) We REALLY need some kind of "announcement" or "state of OVC"
>mailing list that is MUCH lower traffic than this one. Just about
>everyone told me they'd like to follow the progress, but no one said
>they wanted an extra thousand messages a month. A website that was
>updated more regularly might serve this purpose somewhat, but not as
>well as a "push" mailing list.
>As I envision such a thing, we should send out notes no more than
>once a day to the "summary" subscribers. I think it would be OK to
>include someone describing the state of discussion on the main (and
>developer) list. E.g. a sentence like "A long historical ballot
>from NM was presented by Charlie Straus, Alan Dechert created a
>mockup of how OVC systems might print such a race; and Chalie asked
>about the information entropy of this ballot" would not be too much
>for someone to read... they just wouldn't want the half dozen full
>posts. Relevant external events should certainly be mentioned too.
>So volunteers to run a "Daily OVC" mailing list. Such a list should
>definitely *NOT* be open to just anyone posting to it. At most two
>to three people should have posting permission... probably only one
>person. Ideally, the person should be someone who is--well, not
>me--but specifically, someone who would like to do more, but is not
>a coder per se (whose time is useful for coding), and probably not
>someone who is spending lots of time on lobbying and grant writing.

I will create a moderated announcement list. I will ask those who
already took themselves off the current lists if they want to be on
it. It's also possible to have the list moderator separate from the
message writer. This is useful to ensure that what is posted *is*
the position of the OVC. I'd be happy to be the moderator, if
someone else is the author. Thanks.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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