Demo Postponed to January

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Wed Nov 26 2003 - 17:31:17 CST

First of all, I want to say thanks to everyone that has contributed to the
project so far. And I mean everyone! Most obviously, this includes people
like Jan who have done so much of the hard work, but others have made large
important contributions even though we don't hear too much from them -- like
Charles Cleveland (I don't think he has posted anything to the
voting-project list yet), web master for the OVC site. Charlie Strauss made
a huge contribution off list by getting that link on slashdot.

The result so far is not quite good enough to schedule a demo, however. I
think we would be stretching the definition to say we're at "alpha." With
the holidays coming up and all the travel people are doing, I don't think
it's worthwhile to try to do it later in December. We may as well wait
until Jan.

So let's do this. Let's aim for a new alpha target date, say, Dec 15. This
will give us a couple of weeks to really pound on what we have and shake out
any serious problems. Then we can do the demo right some time in the first
week of January.

The documentation needs work too, and I will help with that. We need to
improve our descriptions of what we're trying to demonstrate and then make
the software match.

I think we have some good momentum. I think the demo will be spectacularly
good in January. We're getting more high caliber people on board every
day -- just in the last 24 hrs this includes Karl Auerbach, former ICANN
director, and Dr. David Jefferson, another one of the very top election
technology experts.

Thanks again.

-- Alan Dechert 916-791-0456
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