RE: Notes #1 from KSG/NSF symposium

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Wed Jun 02 2004 - 19:01:31 CDT

At 9:39 AM -0700 6/2/04, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:
> >(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.
>
>---
>We could use the same text as is printed now, only using an "OCR"
>font. Actually, since we're using a known font in a known position,
>we could "OCR" the text exactly as it is, though we might want to
>white out the "watermark" directly under the text in order to avoid
>the possibility of confusing the OCR software. So we could allow
>users (the states) to decide whether to use the barcodes (i.e. save
>money, greater accuracy) or the OCR (i.e. more money, greater
>transparency to voters).

Barcodes are also more reliable than OCR. Having the ballot contain
both gives flexibility and modularity to the process.

>---
>
> >(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.
>
>---
>The drupal web site allows people to subscribe to update emails.
>These updates are a summary of all new stories posted on the site
>each day, as a digest that links back to the web site. For example,
>the following email was sent to me recently:

We already send out digests of all the messages for those who want
it. Summaries aren't digests. I'll be creating an announcement-only
list. When I proposed that months ago, it was shot down, perhaps
because no one wanted to write the announcements.

>Greetings Laird Popkin,

Best regards,
Arthur

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