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

Peter Hutterer peter.hutterer at
Tue May 4 04:20:46 UTC 2010

On Mon, May 03, 2010 at 10:16:48PM -0400, Orcan Ogetbil wrote:
> On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 10:01 PM, Jesse Keating wrote:
> > On Tue, 2010-05-04 at 01:58 +0200, Kevin Kofler wrote:
> >> Jesse Keating wrote:
> >> 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
> >> obvious.
> >>
> >> Now you may try to argue that the sample is biased, but you have no actual
> >> evidence towards that.
> >
> > Of course the sample is biased.  It's a sample of people who frequent
> > the forums, that's a self selecting group of people, by no means a
> > worthwhile representation of the Fedora user base as a whole.
> >
> Please stop talking about imaginary users who do not care to voice
> themselves. This is of "zero" use.
> The statistic talks. It doesn't only talk. It yells. Ignoring this
> test statistic in favor of the large pool of imaginary users, who
> supposedly think in the complete other direction, is not only
> non-scientific, stupid., but also self-conflicting. The imaginary
> users do not voice themselves.  If you change the policy, do you really
> expect hundreds of thousands of imaginary users to become real, and
> start yelling at you? No, they will still remain imaginary. 

I resent being called an imaginary user. Being imaginary would seriously
screw with my weekend plans.


> And perhaps, they will start thinking in the other direction and become
> imaginary evidence for certain people to ignore some further
> statistical data. This is nonsense.
> Sorry for my use of the word "stupid", but this biasedness claim
> really falls in that category.

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