[Tagging] Vote on proposal: change vote counting rules - remove no show paradox

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Wed Jan 20 05:54:45 UTC 2021

On 20/1/21 9:16 am, Mateusz Konieczny via Tagging wrote:
> Turns out that
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/change_vote_counting_rules
> bundled too many changes and it was nearly certain to fail.
> So I stopped that vote and created new one for just single change:
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Proposed_features/change_vote_counting_rules_-_remove_no_show_paradox
> Change the rule on what counts as successful vote from
> "8 unanimous approval votes or at least 10 votes with more than 74 % 
> approval"
> to
> "at least 8 approval votes and at least 75 % approval"
> Currently 8 yes votes and 1 no vote results in a failed proposal, but 
> 8 yes votes
> and 2 no votes results in accepted proposal.
> This results in a situation where voting "no" causes an otherwise 
> rejected proposal
> to pass, which is ridiculous and case of no show paradox violating 
> participation criterion.
> Also, changing "more than 74% approval" to "at least 75% approval" has 
> no significant
> change in what is necessary for a succesful vote, but makes it easier 
> to explain. Now
> the rule of thumb "every no vote requires 3 yes votes to overcome it" 
> would become strictly true.

So why state the percentage at all? Just state

A minimum of 8 approval votes.

Each no vote must be overcome by at least 3 approval votes for the vote 
to pass.

Note this drops the minimum of 10 votes where someone votes no.

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