[maemo-community] Suggestion for election instructions

From: Andrew Flegg andrew at bleb.org
Date: Thu Mar 18 11:48:13 EET 2010
On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 06:08, Quim Gil <quim.gil at nokia.com> wrote:
> ext Dave Neary wrote:
>> Possible criticisms & the trade-offs involved:
>> * It'd be nice to have a list of candidates, but that does make the
>> mail a lot longer
> Still, I think it makes it more interesting and inviting to click
> further (as opposed to "I'll look at this later").

Agreed. 10 lines, plus a bit of whitespace, isn't too much.

>> * Electioninstructions are OK, I think - does anyone have suggestions
>> for improvement?
> Just a numbered list, to ease readibility:


>> * Including candidacy statements: Not a fan. If
>> listing the candidates makes the email long, then including
>> declarations makes it too long.
> Indeed.


>> Any other bits of feedback or suggestions, or is this good to send
>> out next weekend?

I'd possibly include a paragraph on what the council is, and why
voting is important: currently the email reads as if you know
everything already, and that might not be the case. I'd rather have
something longer but clearer, which increased participation, than
something which was short and didn't appear to be important/urgent.

Dear <member>,

The election for the next Maemo Community Council is now open and you
have received this email as you are eligible to vote. The Maemo
Community Council consists of 5 members who serve on a 6 month term,
representing the community to Nokia and helping facilitate community
activities. You can learn more about the Community Council at:


With the changes to Maemo which will be inevitably caused by the
merging of Maemo and MeeGo, this representation will be more important
than ever.

The following candidates are running:
  * ...
  * ...

A full list, including their declarations and answers to community
questions, can be found at:


Voting will run from March 23rd until March 30th 2010, 23:59 UTC. Your
anonymous voting credentials are:

          URL: http://maemo.org/vote/
   Vote token:

  1. Go to the voting website and identify yourself using the
     voting tokens above.
  2. Select your preferred candidates in order of preference.
  3. Your choice will be presented with an option to confirm or
     return to the previous step.
  4. After confirming your choice, a unique identifier will be
     given to verify after the election that your vote was
     counted correctly.

To ensure anonymity, no link will be kept between this token and your
identifiers, so please keep this token safe. Once you have voted, you
will not be able to vote again.




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