Re: Reflections on the election and implications for the OVC

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Nov 04 2004 - 12:02:33 CST

At 12:48 PM -0500 11/4/04, 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.

Read my comment: in the light of what worked and what didn't with
DREs. Whatever we do next will have to be in the context of the
results of the 2004 election. Also, many of our decisions were made
in the idealistic environment where we expected to get lots of money
and also expected to have plenty of time to build something. Neither
of those turned out to be the case.

Best regards,

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