10 Nov 2015: UK Usenet Committee Election 2015

From: Barry Salter <bsalter@ukvoting.org.uk>
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2015 22:08:11 +0000
Subject: RESULT - UK Usenet Committee Election 2015
Newsgroups: uk.net.news.announce,uk.net.news.config,uk.net.news.management


                        Result of Call for Votes
                   UK Usenet Committee Election 2015

Due to the continued prevalence of viruses and worms the harvest Usenet
posts for e-mail addresses, all e-mail addresses in these results are
modified to prevent this.


The following people are elected to serve as Open Members of the UK
Usenet Committee until December 2018:

        Ian Clifton
        Matt Dawson (aka 'Chronos')
        Matthew Vernon


Voting closed at 23:59:59 GMT, 4th November 2015.

Votetakers for the 2015 UK Usenet Committee Election:

   Primary: Barry Salter <bsalter (at) ukvoting (dot) org (dot) uk>
 Secondary: Jon Ribbens <jribbens (at) ukvoting (dot) org (dot) uk>


These results have been posted to the following newsgroups:


The full results follow below in the following order:

1) Information on the Ballot
2) Summary of Mail Received During the Voting Period
3) Results in Detail
4) Voter List
5) Counted Vote List
6) Votetaker's Comments
7) Voting and Appeal Information
8) Copy of Statements from the CFV


Information on the Ballot 

Voters were asked to rank the following candidates in order of

Ian Clifton                                      Candidate A
Paul Cummins                                     Candidate B
Matt Dawson (aka 'Chronos')                      Candidate C
Ian Jackson                                      Candidate D
Chris Newport                                    Candidate E
Matthew Vernon                                   Candidate F


Summary of Mail Received During the Voting Period

 52 messages were received to the Ballot Request Address, of which:

 51 were valid Ballot Requests
  1 was a test message sent by the primary votetaker
 54 messages were received to the Voting Address, of which:

 48 were valid and counted votes
  2 were rejected due to the voters omitting their name, though they did
    subsequently submit valid votes
  4 were valid votes subsequently superseded by the voter


Results in Detail

The election was conducted using the Single Transferable Vote method of
voting, with the count carried out under the Electoral Reform Society's
1997 (3rd Edition) rules.

The STV analysis is as follows:

UK Usenet Committee Election 2015

Stage 1

      Total Votes Cast:  48
         Invalid Votes:   0
      Total Valid Vote:  48
Places to be filled +1:   4

So Quota = 48 / 4
Quota = 12.00

First Preferences
Ian Clifton 8.00
Paul Cummins 7.00
Matt Dawson (aka 'Chronos') 7.00
Ian Jackson 3.00
Chris Newport 2.00
Matthew Vernon 21.00

Matthew Vernon ELECTED 
with 21.00
over quota 12.00
Active Vote: 36.00
Places left+1: 3
Vote required for election now: 12.00
Stage 2
No candidates can be excluded, so we transfer the largest surplus
Surplus of Matthew Vernon
Ian Clifton gets 6 papers.
Paul Cummins gets 0 papers.
Matt Dawson (aka 'Chronos') gets 3 papers.
Ian Jackson gets 6 papers.
Chris Newport gets 6 papers.
21 papers transferred.
Total Present Value: 21.00
0 papers non-transferable.
Calculating transfer value: 9.00/21
Papers transferred at 0.42
Ian Clifton now has 10.52 votes.
Paul Cummins now has 7.00 votes.
Matt Dawson (aka 'Chronos') now has 8.26 votes.
Ian Jackson now has 5.52 votes.
Chris Newport now has 4.52 votes.
0.18 votes non-transferable.
Active Vote: 35.82
Places left+1: 3
Vote required for election now: 11.94
Stage 3
There are no outstanding surpluses, and Chris Newport, with 4.52 has fewest votes and is therefore excluded.
Excluding Chris Newport
Transferring papers worth 1.00
Paul Cummins gets 1 papers.
Paul Cummins now has 8.00 votes.
Matt Dawson (aka 'Chronos') gets 1 papers.
Matt Dawson (aka 'Chronos') now has 9.26 votes.
Ian Jackson gets 0 papers.
Ian Jackson now has 5.52 votes.
Transferring papers worth 0.42
Ian Clifton gets 4 papers.
Ian Clifton now has 12.20 votes.
Paul Cummins gets 2 papers.
Paul Cummins now has 8.84 votes.
Ian Jackson gets 0 papers.
Ian Jackson now has 5.52 votes.

Ian Clifton ELECTED 
with 12.20
over quota 12.00
Active Vote: 23.82
Places left+1: 2
Vote required for election now: 11.91
Stage 4
The sum of
Ian Jackson: 5.52
and the total surplus: 0.20
is less than the support for the next lowest candidate, Paul Cummins: 8.84,
so that candidate is excluded.
Excluding Ian Jackson
Transferring papers worth 1.00
Paul Cummins gets 1 papers.
Paul Cummins now has 9.84 votes.
Matt Dawson (aka 'Chronos') gets 1 papers.
Matt Dawson (aka 'Chronos') now has 10.26 votes.
1 papers are non-transferable
Active Vote: 22.82
Places left+1: 2
Vote required for election now: 11.41
Transferring papers worth 0.42
Matt Dawson (aka 'Chronos') gets 5 papers.
Matt Dawson (aka 'Chronos') now has 12.36 votes.
1 papers are non-transferable

Matt Dawson (aka 'Chronos') ELECTED 
with 12.36
over quota 12.00

In grid format, this is expressed as follows:

UK Usenet Committee Election 2015
Number to be elected: 3 (from 6)
Counted votes: 48
Quota for election on first round: 12.00

1st     Stage 2           Stage 3           Stage 4
Pref    T        A        T        A        T        A
  8       2.52   10.52      1.68   12.20             12.20  Elect    Ian Clifton   
  7       0.00    7.00      1.84    8.84     1.00     9.84           Paul Cummins
  7       1.26    8.26      1.00    9.26     3.10    12.36  Elect    Matt Dawson
  3       2.52    5.52      0.00    5.52    -5.52                    Ian Jackson
  2       2.52    4.52     -4.52                                     Chris Newport
 21      -9.00   12.00             12.00             12.00  Elect    Matthew Vernon

          0.18    0.18              0.18     1.42     1.60           Non-transferable
 48              48.00             48.00             48.00           Totals

Key to grid:

Stage 2 - Surplus of Matthew Vernon
Stage 3 - Exclusion of Chris Newport
Stage 4 - Exclusion of Ian Jackson

T = number of votes transferred at this stage
A = votes for candidate after transfer


Voter List

The following individuals supplied valid votes:

 Name                         E-Mail
 A. non Eyemouse              anoneyemouse#eml#cc
 A.Lee                        alan#darkroom#plus#com
 Adam Funk                    a24061a#ducksburg#com
 Alan Braggins                armb#chiark#greenend#org#uk
 Andy Burns                   usenet#feb2014#adslpipe#co#uk
 Anthony Gold                 not-for-mail#ahjg#co#uk
 Brian                        Brian#bjforster#force9#co#uk
 Brian Howie                  brian#b-howie#demon#co#uk
 Charles Lindsey              chl#clerew#man#ac#uk
 Chronos                      matt#chronos#org#uk
 Clive D.W. Feather           clive#davros#org
 Clive George                 clive#evil-c#co#uk
 Colin Rosenstiel             usenet#rosenstiel#cix#co#uk
 crn                          crn#netunix#com
 David Damerell               damerell#chiark#greenend#org#uk
 g8dgc aka Sn!pe              g8dgc#2#gmail#com
 Graham Drabble               usenet05#drabble#me#uk
 I J Clifton                  ian#clifton#chem#ox#ac#uk
 Ian Jackson                  ijackson#chiark#greenend#org#uk
 John Hall                    john#jhall#co#uk
 John the R-T                 t_e_n_e_s_u#hotmail#com
 kat                          katstuff#the-kat#org
 Llymru                       llymru#gmail#com
 Mark Goodge                  mark#good-stuff#co#uk
 Matthew Vernon               matthew#debian#org
 Mike Fleming                 mike#tauzero#co#uk
 Molly Mockford aka Romanov   com2015#mollymockford#me#uk
 Nick                         nick#spam#Yahoo#co#uk
 Nick Leverton                nick#leverton#org
 Owen Dunn                    owend#chiark#greenend#org#uk
 Owen Rees                    owenrees#fastmail#fm
 paul                         {voter}#watman#clara#co#uk
 Paul Cummins                 paulcummins#tiscali#co#uk
 Pedt                         laughs#manygiggl#es
 Peter Parry                  peter#wpp#ltd#uk
 Richard Kettlewell           rjk#greenend#org#uk
 Rob Morley                   nospam#ntlworld#com
 Roger Bell_West              roger+urcm201510#nospam#firedrake#org
 Roger Hayter                 roger#hayter#org
 sparhawk                     sparhawk#imsparhawk#plus#com
 Spike                        Aero#Spike#mail#com
 Stephen Thomas Cole          usenet#stephenthomascole#com
 Steve                        g8izy#blueyonder#co#uk
 Tim Jackson                  news#timjackson#plus#com
 Tim Miller                   tim#economic-truth#co#uk
 Tony                         tony#darkstorm#co#uk
 Victor Meldrew               vicmeld#gmail#com
 Wm                           tcnw81#tarrcity#demon#co#uk


Counted Vote List

The guidelines for the UK Usenet Committee Elections stipulate
that the votes of all voters shall be published in such a way that
only the voter can recognise his/her own vote.

The following votes were counted, listed in alphanumeric order of
the Voter ID:

                 Candidate Ranking
   Ballot ID       A  B  C  D  E  F
================   ================
04e27d1bbda2e1ee   5  6  3  2  4  1
051bdd4ca2f0a130   3  4  5  1  6  2
0addb0c0fc5a63ab   1  5  4  6  3  2
117254dd6b19bb57   1  4  3  6  5  2
1245ee0fce997c39   1  -  -  -  -  2

158dd29cb0014d03   3  1  4  6  5  2
16397465e0f74433   2  5  3  4  6  1
18db79cc9342d66d   1  4  5  2  6  3
1c533dc6c4937e84   3  6  5  1  4  2
218d3012f7361a88   1  5  3  6  4  2
22e922936878bac8   5  3  4  6  2  1
230ce7a249a3555a   3  6  5  4  2  1
2c5451ddd68bd64c   2  5  1  6  3  4
2ef2816f712c1629   -  4  1  -  2  3
306182dc858fabe4   4  1  2  6  3  5

376e7a412727c17c   3  -  -  1  4  2
3947f35be365f22f   4  1  2  6  3  5
39eab418e03c6847   3  6  4  2  5  1
40b90ca082f7cbad   3  6  5  2  4  1
41d47c636545e859   1  4  3  6  5  2

51631ad7c18b4b2d   1  6  5  4  2  3
55097556ff7d151e   4  6  3  2  5  1
57083c5a485f5a81   -  3  1  -  -  2
5878e4a4d9a57806   2  -  1  -  -  3
5cab0d75bc539c13   -  -  -  2  -  1

6146c94862308f19   2  6  4  3  5  1
6295a83d6942fef6   3  4  2  6  1  5
7132ca7705a0ba39   3  1  4  6  2  5
79aca396ae728a79   4  1  -  -  3  2
808c7ae64bc50246   3  5  2  6  4  1

8ed9cfbb04f2fe80   4  6  5  2  3  1
94971ad523d22bb9   3  4  5  6  2  1
98f14f8815b956e6   5  3  4  -  2  1
9b79c5b619f6c174   2  5  4  6  3  1
a373387b0c9e40bd   2  4  5  6  3  1

a55bd6d1d2759954   3  5  4  -  2  1
a6e236828e0a8ca1   2  6  3  5  4  1
a79f88bc4c175c56   1  5  3  6  4  2
aa58d711456199d5   2  1  3  -  4  -
abeee4dbd85e333f   2  5  4  6  3  1

c6c14a629710c6c7   5  4  2  6  3  1
d33d50c13e9f6f80   4  -  2  3  -  1
d92667d59975e38b   -  2  1  -  -  -
e24780ca52d62dd1   3  6  5  4  2  1
f0ba489151760145   5  1  3  4  2  6

f1503c5007a6def4   4  5  1  6  2  3
f16693b37b0ef429   4  -  1  2  5  3
f380e82d3bb0c5ad   5  3  4  6  1  2

Key: - = No preference expressed for that candidate

If you wish to check that your vote has been correctly recorded, your
Ballot ID can be found on your ballot paper and your acknowledgement.

It should be noted that the Ballot IDs were issued randomly, and the
sequence here does not match either the order in which ballot papers
were requested or the alphabetical sequence of voter names or email


Votetaker's Comments


As noted above, two voters left their name blank when they initially
submitted their votes, but they both corrected this omission upon
receipt of a rejection message.

Four votes have been recorded as superseded by a later vote. Unusually,
the voters involved submitted multiple identical votes. In accordance
with usual practice, only the most recent in each case was counted.

As usual, a relatively easy vote to validate, as most of the voters are
"old hands" like myself, with only a couple of mistakes made on the
ballot papers.

In terms of statistics, the number of votes received is around the same
number as the past three Elections, down from a high of 245 back in the
2000 Elections.

Congratulations to Ian C, Matt and Matthew, and commiserations to Chris,
Ian J and Paul.


Thanks to Barry for a commendable effort corralling the votes, and to
the voters for their various views, and congratulations to the victors.
Godspeed for another year to UK Usenet and all who sail in her.


Voting and Appeal Information

This vote was conducted by neutral third party members of UKVoting.
UKVoting is a group of independent votetakers who count votes on
behalf of the uk.* hierarchy and other 3rd parties.

The rules under which votes for the uk.* hierarchy are taken are posted
regularly to uk.net.news.announce or can be found at the following URL:

The UKVoting web pages can be found at <http://www.ukvoting.org.uk/>

There is a five day discussion period after these results are posted to

Allegations of irregularity should be sent to the committee via email
to: control (at) usenet (dot) org (dot) uk.


(The information in this and the following section is a copy of that
provided in the CFV)

Definition of Open Class of Membership

Any participant in the uk.* hierarchy qualifies as a candidate in the
Open class.


Application Requirements

Any participant in the uk.* hierarchy qualifies as a nominator for the
Open class.

Any individual may nominate a maximum of three candidates.


Persons retiring from the Committee

In accordance with the Committee Document, the following Open
Class Members have served a full three year term and are deemed to
be retiring from the Committee. They are eligible for re-election.

Ian Clifton
Matthew Vernon

As this results in fewer than three vacant seats, the next longest
serving member (counted from the most recent date they were
elected or co-opted to the Committee) retires to create the third
vacancy. This gives a three way tie between the following Open
Class Members:

Molly Mockford
Charles Lindsey
Owen Rees

In accordance with established procedures, UKVoting requested that
the Committee resolve the tie. Accordingly, the following Open
Class Member has retired early to create the third vacant seat. He
is eligible for re-election.

Owen Rees



Six applications have been received. The Committee has three
vacancies and therefore an election will be held to fill the three

A list of the candidates is below:

Ian CLIFTON                        Candidate A
Paul CUMMINS                       Candidate B
Matt DAWSON (aka Chronos)          Candidate C
Ian JACKSON                        Candidate D
Chris NEWPORT                      Candidate E
Matthew VERNON                     Candidate F

Please find below details of the people who nominated each
candidate (Name & Email Address) and a short statement from each

Note: In each case, only the names of the first four nominators to
confirm their nomination are listed.


Candidate A

  Name: Ian CLIFTON  
E-Mail: ian (dot) clifton (at) chem (dot) ox (dot) ac (dot) uk


  Name: Ian Jackson
E-Mail: ijackson (at) chiark (dot) greenend (dot) org (dot) uk

  Name: Chronos
E-Mail: usenet (at) chronos (dot) org (dot) uk

  Name: kat
E-Mail: littlelionne (at) hotmail (dot) com

  Name: Sara Merriman
E-Mail: saramerriman (at) blueyonder (dot) co (dot) uk

Personal Statement:

I would liken Usenet today to a beloved but elderly member of a
large family. When they reach 80, everyone worries about what might
be coming, watching every stumble with anxiety, monitoring every
illness with trepidation. But when the cherished relative reaches
90, everyone lightens up. Usenet can never compete with the million
strong hordes liking cute cat pictures on Twitface, but who cares?
What the discerning few (and, we must remember, the few are still
many) using UK Usenet really care about is that its unique self
administration system and democratic traditions remain in good


Candidate B

  Name: Paul CUMMINS
E-Mail: paulcummins (at) tiscali (dot) co (dot) uk 


  Name: Rob Morley
E-Mail: nospam (at) ntlworld (dot) com

  Name: Pedt
E-Mail: laughs (at) manygiggl (dot) es

  Name: Steve G8IZY
E-Mail: g8izy (at) blueyonder (dot) co (dot) uk

  Name: Stephen Thomas Cole
E-Mail: usenet (at) stephenthomascole (dot) com

Personal Statement:

I don't need to say much here - you all know me, you all know what
I'm about. If I'm a better option than some, then vote for me, and
if not then don't :-)


Candidate C

  Name: Matt DAWSON (aka Chronos)
E-Mail: usenet (at) chronos (dot) org (dot) uk


  Name: Roger Hayter
E-Mail: roger (at) hayter (dot) org

  Name: Clive George
E-Mail: clive (at) evil-c (dot) co (dot) uk

  Name: Spike
E-Mail: Aero (dot) Spike (at) mail (dot) com

  Name: Rob Morley
E-Mail: nospam (at) ntlworld (dot) com

Personal Statement:

I have been using the 'net for longer than I care to think about
and can see the value in keeping the open and distributed
infrastructure of Usenet, along with other low-bandwidth services,
available for present and future participants given the worrying
commercialisation of most of the rest of the Internet. With that
in mind, I propose to try to keep my gob shut, listen more than
talk, not act where inaction is the least damaging option, learn
from the other committee members and promote stability in uk.*
where possible. I am certainly not the best choice for a place on
the committee, although I am willing to try to give something
back. I also make a fairly decent pot of tea...


Candidate D

  Name: Ian JACKSON
E-Mail: ijackson (at) chiark (dot) greenend (dot) org (dot) uk


  Name: Richard Kettlewell
E-Mail: rjk (at) greenend (dot) org (dot) uk

  Name: Mark Goodge
E-Mail: mark (at) good-stuff (dot) co (dot) uk

  Name: David Damerell
E-Mail: damerell (at) chiark (dot) greenend (dot) org (dot) uk

  Name: Chronos
E-Mail: usenet (at) chronos (dot) org (dot) uk

Personal Statement:

I have been on usenet since 1989.  I am now the operator of
chiark.greenend.org.uk.  I, my co-newsmaster Matthew Vernon, and
co-modbot-maintainer David Damerell, use chiark to offer usenet
service to around 200 shell account users, and also to all users
at Cambridge University, and to host moderators for several

I've also been heavily involved in the Debian project

As a member of the UK Usenet Committee I don't imagine I would do
very much differently to the retiring members.  The Committee's
formal power is limited, but it does have some influence as well.
I have perhaps a more relaxed approach than some to the prospect
that a group might be created, and fail, and need to be removed


Candidate E

  Name: Chris NEWPORT
E-Mail: crn (at) netunix (dot) com


  Name: pedt
E-Mail: laughs (at) manygiggl (dot) es

  Name: Molly Romanov
E-Mail: com2015 (at) mollymockford (dot) me (dot) uk

  Name: Owen Rees
E-Mail: owenrees (at) fastmail (dot) fm

  Name: A.Lee
E-Mail: alan (at) darkroom (dot) plus (dot) com

Personal Statement:

My aim is to be a non-controversial candidate and to follow a
policy of good old fashioned common sense.

I have been active on usenet since the beginning of UK internet
access with the introduction of the Demon TAM account.

I am an OAP having retired after a career in secure communications
and computing.


Candidate F

  Name: Matthew VERNON
E-Mail: matthew (at) debian (dot) org


  Name: Sara Merriman
E-Mail: saramerriman (at) blueyonder (dot) co (dot) uk

  Name: Richard Kettlewell
E-Mail: rjk (at) greenend (dot) org (dot) uk

  Name: Ian Clifton
E-Mail: ian (dot) clifton (at) chem (dot) ox (dot) ac (dot) uk

  Name: Stephen Thomas Cole
E-Mail: usenet (at) stephenthomascole (dot) com

Personal Statement:

I have served 2 terms on the Committee now, and my policy in unn*
has been to add to discussion where I feel I have something
constructive to say, and to try and listen to other points of view.
I try hard to be civil. If re-elected, I will continue to listen
and contribute to debate. I see the committee's role as being to
facilitate the management of uk.* by the uk.* community.

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