[Theforum] Changes to the VotingReqs document

A. Erickson amanda at gawow.com
Mon Feb 4 13:05:51 CST 2002


I went ahead and changed all instances of the word "poll" to "vote" as
it was even starting to confuse me.

For any of you having difficulties accessing the zope pages, I've copied
the text of the document below -- it's pretty short so please read it.



Currently the decision-making body of evolt.org has no method for taking
an official vote which includes tracking of the vote, tallying results,
recording the vote and notifying voting members of a vote in progress or
its results.

The current ad-hoc system of ayes and nays (or +1s) works in a general
sense but fails when buy-in is required from a larger number of people
on an important issue. It also fails in terms of tracking the vote
results and progress.

A more formalized system of voting has been requested and this document
aims to produce a tool to facilitate that process.

Purpose of document
The purpose of this document is to outline the requirements for a voting
application to be used by evolt's voting body.

Requirements list

Application features:
+ Allow a vote based on login.
(Only those with a login and password will be able to call a vote or
participate in a vote.)
+ Notify voters that a vote has been called and give the details
including day/time voting closes in an individual email.
+ Notify voters when 24 hours until end of vote.
+ Notify voters when a vote has closed.
+ Tally votes after the closing of a vote.
+ Hide individual votes.
(This allows people the anonymity to vote in an unpopular way as well as
not be swayed by the voters before them. If possible, anonymity should
be kept in perpetuity to all people.)
+ Allow a voter to go in and change their own vote at any time while the
vote is still open.

Interface elements:
+ A field for summation of the subject of the vote.
(Any changes to this field after submission should, if possible, trigger
an announcement email to the voting body.)
+ Radio boxes for choosing your option(s).
+ A memo field for additional information.
(This could and should include URLs? to archive postings related to the
vote at hand as well as any historical notations relevant to the vote.)
Show at any time and to any voter how many people have voted and
possible number of voters.
(for example: 12/20 -12 voters out of a possible 20 have registered
their votes)

amanda at gawow.com + http://gawow.com

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