October 28, 2009, 1:42 pm
Yes, itâÃÃ´s that time of year again.Â¬â Rain is falling, another Fedora release is about to conquer the known world, and volunteers everywhere are busy preparing their ideal Fedora Mission Statements to captivate the electorate.Â¬â FedoraâÃÃ´s Winter Election is upon us.
The first order of business is to find an Election Coordinator.Â¬â For the last 2 election cycles I have volunteered for this role, with the able assistance of John Rose (inode0), and Thorsten Leemhuis (thl) and others.Â¬â This cycle, I would like someone besides myself from the Fedora community to volunteer as Election Coordinator.Â¬â Raise your hand, donâÃÃ´t be shy!Â¬â If you have been harboring a secret (or public) list of all my mistakes, hereâÃÃ´s your chance to set things right!
As Election Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to:
- propose, get buy-in, and finalize the schedule
- schedule forums (traditionally IRC and with FUDCon Toronto, Live)
- seek forum moderators
- if desired, gather questions from the electorate, distribute to the candidates, gather and post their answers.
- coordinate with Infrastructure to be sure the elections app is ready.
Second, a schedule will need to be set.Â¬â At the Board meeting this week, we agreed that it would be nice to hold in-person forums at FUDCon Toronto, December 5-7, for those who can attend.Â¬â Our election rules require us to complete the election within 30 days of the Fedora 12 release, so must end by December 17.Â¬â Per Nigel Jones, author of
our voting system, most of the votes cast were within the first 2-3 days, so running it Dec 8-17 would be sufficient.
Before these, we typically hold nominations for 2 weeks, and a week for IRC Town Halls to be scheduled.Â¬â Thorsten also requested after the last election that we have a few days between end of nominations and beginning of the town halls, to allow time for candidates to be given a set of questions, and sufficent time to answer.
Third, we need to be sure of all the committees who are holding an election.Â¬â The committee chairs can assist here.Â¬â I believe that the Board, FESCo, and Ambassadors are electing members, and that the Fedora 13 naming election will happen too.Â¬â Are there any I missed?
Feedback on prior elections, ideas for how to improve this cycle, and volunteers for Election Coordinator all welcome on the fedora-advisory-board list.