fedmsg for voting?

inode0 inode0 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 10 21:53:59 UTC 2013

On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 4:29 PM, Matthew Miller
<mattdm at fedoraproject.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 04:21:30PM -0500, inode0 wrote:
>> > For example, in most elections in the United States. I'm sure the
>> > particulars vary by state, but it is the general case. For example, here's
>> > Iowa: http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/voterlistrequests.html; in that
>> > case, I don't think the specific votes are recorded, but you will be marked
>> > as inactive if you don't vote at least once every four years. Other states
>> > track and provide more information.
>> Being from Iowa I know that they do not have any idea whether I voted.
> You're talking about the distinction between actually voting vs. showing up
> at the voting place and then not voting, right? For the purposes of this
> particular discussion, I'm pretty sure we can dismiss that as semantics.
> Presumably, from the point of view of Iowa, that counts you as an active
> voter.

I don't think it is a semantic point. You can not in any way figure
out whether or not I voted in the last Presidential election based on
voter registration information. You can't even conclude that I ever
voted in any election in Iowa.

I'm considered an active voter if I do any number of things not all
requiring even showing up at a polling place.

> But anyway, if people feel really strongly about this, I think the opt out
> of badge tracking is an okay approach. (Even if it makes more checkboxes.)

I find it hard to agree that forcing people to opt out of things they
reasonably feel invade their privacy is a road Fedora wants to go
down. But if you all conclude my argument/expectation for privacy in
the case of my voting behavior is unreasonable then proceed.

I'm indifferent about badges in general. They give me a slightly
uncomfortable feeling that my every move is being tracked and
recorded.  Given the rest of the world I am sadly at the point of just


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