Re: Reflections on the election and implications for the OVC

From: Robert Rapplean <robert_at_rapplean_dot_net>
Date: Thu Nov 04 2004 - 11:52:18 CST

Would it be reasonable for us to use the wiki to create document pairs
on each of this type of issue (one with the benefits, one with the
drawbacks) so the poor newbies like me could review those to see if
anything was missed? That would theoretically also decrease the amount
of re-hashing.

David Mertz wrote:

> On Nov 4, 2004, at 1:18 AM, Arthur Keller wrote:
>> We haven't had such a debate on the voting-project mailing list in
>> the light of what worked and what didn't with DREs. I assume the
>> debate preceded participation by most of the people on this list.
> C'mon Arthur!
> If you read the archives, you can find EXTENSIVE discussion of the
> dangers of power-failure in machines. Heck, you were yourself a
> participant in those discussions! And also discussions of the
> advantages/disadvantages of barcodes versus other marking styles. And
> so on.
> Of course it is true that many people have joined OVC since any given
> past discussion. But it doesn't suddenly invalidate every past
> reasoning and argument when a new person joins!
> I'm not saying that the "sacred decisions" made last spring (or
> whenever) are canon that can never be questioned. A new fact or a new
> argument can still change opinions (including mine) about best design
> principles. But I have not seen you introduce any new facts or new
> arguments in this thread, just a generic complaint that "Well, the
> elections happened and some new members joined." That's nowhere near
> enough to throw out our design discussion and start from scratch.
> Yours, David...

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