Re: OVC Architecture Decision Tree

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Tue Jun 29 2004 - 16:53:38 CDT

On Monday 28 June 2004 02:09 am, Arthur Keller wrote:
> At 1:02 AM -0400 6/28/04, David Mertz wrote:
> >On Jun 28, 2004, at 12:46 AM, james_in_denver wrote:
> >>Normally, decisions/choices go in rhomboids, not that the
> >> tradiational flow-charting techniques are much in vogue
> >> these days.
> >
> >Well, also, I decision tree should ideally have something to
> > do with a sequence of dependent choices. This isn't really
> > like that.
> >
> >For example, having a paper ballot is quite orthogonal to
> > using free software. There are good reasons for both, but
> > deciding one doesn't in any way depend on having first
> > decided the other. Likewise with commodity hardware, which
> > is unrelated to either of the "previous" decisions."
>
> Yes, perhaps one decision per page, with pro/con bullet points
> each on half the page.

Known in the world of sales as the Benjamin Franklin close. He,
and the salesmen after him, filled in the positive side, and
left the other side for the prospect to fill in.

In that case, we could use PowerPoint and the Free equivalents
(more or less), kpresenter and Open Office Impress.

> So what do we think the decisions are?

Why electronic?
        Better for preventing under/overvoting
        Better for accessibility
        Potentially lower error rate

Why not DRE? (Why paper?)
        No trustworthy count
        No recount at all
        Actual errors
        Numerous legal violations by vendors

Why a paper ballot, not a paper audit trail?
        We need a count of something that can be counted first before we
talk about a recount or an audit

Why Free/Open Source Software (FOSS)?
        No security through obscurity
        "Many eyes"
        Public ownership of public software
        Better quality
        More trust
        Usable by multiple system vendors
        Can be certified publicly

Why do we need our own certification process?
        Needs to be open
        Current process has more holes than Swiss cheese
        Needs to be based on the results of our security audit

Why a bar code?
Why a background picture?
Why a ballot folder?
Why a research study?

etc. for each design feature and FAQ

> Best regards,
> Arthur

-- 
Edward Cherlin
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