[Osmf-talk] Candidates: How will you know ... ?

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Thu Aug 30 07:23:01 UTC 2012


On Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:14:42 -0400
Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:
> How will you know that you are representing the
> interests of that community in a way that that approve?

I don't have a ready-made solution for that.

We know that simple polling doesn't work because of the selection bias
those who participate in your poll will often be those with the most
extreme ideas. Neither does wiki voting because only a tiny fraction of
OSMers participiate at all.

I think that community opinion is not something that comes to us, we
have to seek it out. We'll have to think about ways how to do that
best. I would imagine that talking to those who are well connected in
the various regional communities could be a good start. I've also been
wanting to toy with "liquid feedback", a system whereby everyone has
one vote but people can transfer their vote, even partially, to others
- so e.g. a mapper in Germany could say "I trust Fred for all votes on
tagging, but if its about server administration then I trust Sven and
if it is about anything else I'd like to use my vote myself". But
nobody knows if that works and it would certianly have to be tried on a
small scale first.

I'm on somewhat limited connectivity right now, and may add something
later when I have studied the responses of others!


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