Open Letter: Why I, Kevin Kofler, am not rerunning for FESCo

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at
Mon May 3 23:58:34 UTC 2010

Jesse Keating wrote:
> Please stop banding about the forum poll as if it were some sort of
> scientific measure with meaningful results one could use as a basis for
> decision making.

It's the best data we have.

> It was none of that.  All it gave us was info we already had.  Some users
> would like more adventurous stuff, while some users would not.  We already
> had that information, the poll told us nothing new.

The poll told us an approximate proportion, which is so far from 50-50 
(72.13%) that we clearly have a statistically significant majority, also 
considering the sample size N=183. If you want me to actually compute some 
p-values and do statistical tests, I can do that, but to me the numbers look 

Now you may try to argue that the sample is biased, but you have no actual 
evidence towards that.

In the absence of better data, the data we have is what we should use as the 
basis for our decision, not your personal opinion nor some imaginary "silent 
majority" which never has been proven to exist.

If you aren't happy with the data, start collecting some better one!

        Kevin Kofler

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