Group proposal: FEMA, the Fedora Election Management and Administration

Larry Cafiero larry.cafiero at
Wed Nov 17 03:50:21 UTC 2010

Good points, Max, especially on the institutional knowledge part. It is my
hope that all who have been involved in past elections be involved in this
group. By no means does my proposal seek to "throw the baby out with the
bathwater," as it were. I will incorporate that into the proposal,
especially some of the nuts-and-bolts aspects of the process you point out

Also, something I've omitted just occurred to me in reading your response,
and I should probably clarify it. Just so there's no misunderstanding, the
motivation in forming this group is not to point fingers or "call someone
out," over this election. Frankly, this was a "perfect storm" of things
falling apart simultaneously, and what I envision this group to be is
something akin to a state's "secretary of state's office" that facilitates

No, it's not glamorous, and arguably it's very mundane in a "chop wood,
carry water" kind of way. But it's vital to the operation of the Fedora

Larry Cafiero

On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 5:34 PM, Max Spevack <mspevack at>wrote:

> On Tue, 16 Nov 2010, Larry Cafiero wrote:
> > Once a completed proposal is in place, I would like to approach the
> > board at that time to gain its approval. In the meantime, I ask again
> > that those interested in forming an administrative body to oversee
> > elections contribute to the proposal.
> Great start, Larry.
> On the less logistical side, I'd propose that FEMA take care of some
> form of institutional knowledege:
> Clear docs for setting up a townhall meeting, and strategies for making
> sure that hour of time is successful.  Politely pushing people to answer
> questions, the moderator being fair but also having the ability to ask
> followup questions that make sense, etc.
> --Max
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