[Linux-aus] Country-wide communication

Pia Smith pia at linux.org.au
Fri Feb 7 03:56:01 UTC 2003

Hi Bret,

We have been speaking about this, and had decided we wanted to make an
online system for voting. What you've detailed here pretty muchs sums it
up. If anyone knows of a good backend to this please let me know, as a
major web site reconstruction is currently being planned.

Thanks all

On Wed, 2003-02-05 at 13:41, Bret Busby wrote:
> Apart from my previous reference to holding international converstaions 
> using email, I have also been involved in voting in international polls 
> and elections, using the Internet.
> If these can be done via the Internet, internationally, they should be 
> able to be done within and across Australia.
> It could be a good way of getting people all over the country involved 
> in elections and determining policies and direction of the organisation, 
> and, could takes such things as the annual elections, away from the 
> conferences.
> It also means that general meetings, including AGM's, can be done 
> online, without the need for physical presence at AGM's etc.
> It was via the use of "forums", set up as mailing lists, with agendas, 
> and fixed time periods for discussion and voting, and login-based 
> website polls, with each voter having a unique username/password 
> combination (username may have been email address).
> It was a means of having discussions and making decisions within a set 
> timeframe, and it appears to have been an effective way of doing it.
> The polls were constructed to show who had voted, but not how any 
> particular person had voted, only the results of each poll, to preserve 
> the privacy of each vote. The polls were also constructed, so that any 
> voter could only vote once, unless a defect was found with the poll, in 
> which case a voter (or all voters) would be advised, the poll corrected, 
> and previous votes annulled to enable renewed votes.
> The same technique could be used for both committee discussions and 
> voting, and for general membership discussions and voting.
> And, it could overcome problems of distance and timezones. It did, 
> internationally, involving people from each continent, and from various 
> countries within each continent.
> -- 
> Bret Busby
> Armadale
> West Australia
> ..............
> "So once you do know what the question actually is,
>  you'll know what the answer means."
> - Deep Thought,
>   Chapter 28 of 
>   "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
>   A Trilogy In Four Parts",
>   written by Douglas Adams, 
>   published by Pan Books, 1992 
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