22 Dec 2016: UK Usenet Committee Election 2016

From: Barry Salter <bsalter@ukvoting.org.uk>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 21:59:14 +0000
Subject: RESULT - UK Usenet Committee Election 2016
Newsgroups: uk.net.news.announce,uk.net.news.config,uk.net.news.management


                        Result of Call for Votes
                   UK Usenet Committee Election 2016

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 2019:

        Molly Mockford
        Owen Dunn
        Charles Lindsey

Voting closed at 23:59:59 GMT, 17th December 2016.

Votetakers for the 2016 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

Molly Mockford                     Candidate A
Paul Cummins                       Candidate B
Owen Dunn                          Candidate C
Charles Lindsey                    Candidate D


Summary of Mail Received During the Voting Period

 57 unique e-mail addresses requested ballot papers, of which:

 52 were valid Ballot Requests
  5 were used for test messages by the primary votetaker
 52 messages were received to the Voting Address, of which:

 46 were valid and counted votes
  1 was rejected due to invalid voting preferences being specified
  1 was a valid vote subsequently superseded by the voter
  4 were test messages by the primary votetaker


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 2016

Stage 1
Total Valid Vote: 46
Places to be filled +1: 4
So Quota = 46/4
Quota = 11.50

First Preferences
Molly Mockford 16.00
Paul Cummins 6.00
Owen Dunn 11.00
Charles Lindsey 13.00

Molly Mockford ELECTED 
with 16.00
over quota 11.50

Charles Lindsey ELECTED 
with 13.00
over quota 11.50
Active Vote: 23.00
Places left+1: 2
Vote required for election now: 11.50
Stage 2
No candidates can be excluded, so we transfer the largest surplus
Surplus of Molly Mockford
Owen Dunn gets 16 papers.
16 papers transferred.
Total Present Value: 16.00
0 papers non-transferable.
Calculating transfer value: 4.50/16
Papers transferred at 0.28
Owen Dunn now has 15.48 votes.
0.02 votes non-transferable.

Owen Dunn ELECTED 
with 15.48
over quota 11.50


In grid format, this is expressed as follows:

UK Usenet Committee Election 2016
Number to be elected: 3 (from 4)
Counted votes: 46
Quota for election on first round: 11.50

1st     Stage 2
Pref    T        A
 16      -4.50   11.50  Elect    Molly Mockford   
  6       0.00    6.00           Paul Cummins
 11       4.48   15.48  Elect    Owen Dunn
 13              13.00  Elect    Charles Lindsey

          0.02    0.02           Non-transferable
 46              46.00           Totals

Key to grid:

Stage 2 - Surplus of Molly Mockford

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 -at- eml#cc
Adam Funk                    a24061a -at- ducksburg#com
Adrian                       voting16 -at- ffoil#org#uk
Alan Braggins                armb -at- chiark#greenend#org#uk
Ali                          ali#on_usenet -at- ntlworld#com

Anthony R. Gold              not-for-mail -at- ahjg#co#uk
Brian                        Brian -at- bjforster#force9#co#uk
Brian Howie                  brian -at- b-howie#demon#co#uk
Charles Lindsey              chl -at- clerew#man#ac#uk
Chronos                      matt -at- chronos#org#uk

Clive George                 clive -at- evil-c#co#uk
Colin Rosenstiel             rosenstiel -at- cix#co#uk
crn                          crn -at- netunix#com
David Damerell               damerell -at- chiark#greenend#org#uk
Graham Nye                   news -at- thenyes#org#uk

Herbie                       herbietheone -at- gmx#co#uk
I J Clifton                  ian#clifton -at- chem#ox#ac#uk
Ian Jackson                  ijackson -at- chiark#greenend#org#uk
Jerry Stuckle                jstuckle -at- attglobal#net
John Hall                    john -at- jhall#co#uk

John the R-T                 usenetvote -at- the-r-t#freeserve#co#uk
Judith Smith                 judithmsmith2016 -at- yahoo#com
kat                          katstuff -at- the-kat#org
Llymru                       llymru -at- gmail#com
Mark Goodge                  mark -at- good-stuff#co#uk

Matthew Vernon               matthew -at- debian#org
Michael Parry                mjp -at- crowsnest#co#uk
Mike Fleming                 mike -at- tauzero#co#uk
Mike Tomlinson               mike -at- jasper#org#uk
Molly Mockford               com2016 -at- mollymockford#me#uk

Nick                         nick#spam -at- yahoo#co#uk
Nick Leverton                nick -at- leverton#org
Owen Dunn                    owend -at- chiark#greenend#org#uk
Owen Rees                    owenrees -at- fastmail#fm
paul                         {paul} -at- watman#clara#co#uk

Paul Cummins                 paulcummins -at- tiscali#co#uk
Pedt                         laughs -at- manygiggl#es
Peter Parry                  peter -at- wpp#ltd#uk
Richard Kettlewell           rjk -at- greenend#org#uk
Roger Hayter                 roger -at- hayter#org

Sara Merriman                saramerriman -at- blueyonder#co#uk
Sn!pe                        snipeco#1 -at- gmail#com
Stephen Thomas Cole          steve#t#cole -at- gmail#com
Steve Eldridge               g8izy -at- blueyonder#co#uk
Tony                         tony -at- darkstorm#co#uk

Wm                           wm_o_o_o -at- yahoo#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:

             Ballot Key                A  B  C  D
====================================   ===========
01f8a5a6-0c16-40cb-901f-e2a2ec9948c5   1  -  2  3
02ebbcf3-b24a-4717-85e7-94dc2e2f2da6   2  3  -  1
1192a1cd-1a3f-47cc-b7f5-db6d77a0f4c7   2  4  3  1
131b8ade-000d-483e-9a8d-e107bd30e386   1  4  3  2
17854f8d-da59-4984-93d5-38730dbf25a3   1  4  3  2

23977ac9-7dd1-4088-ab08-dd4304713869   3  -  1  2
24b64e7b-0c48-4c01-96c4-e62835dec984   2  -  1  3
2506346f-0f49-4d4b-85e3-6718c2ac46da   1  4  2  3
2fb3aa01-0341-45e1-a08b-8d2fb1029349   3  -  1  2
3474903d-e6eb-43b7-a8e2-abfee81f882d   1  4  3  2

3b4a923e-0f6e-40e1-afe3-6efaa59d369c   2  4  1  3
3ccb16a6-bbcd-4d87-a9f1-a2b9e5ed4ebe   2  1  -  3
45c059b1-262f-40c1-9760-862826a52988   3  -  1  2
47793497-f9cd-4b1f-add0-81df337e71ae   3  -  2  1
48cb5143-9362-43bc-b561-1616f03665c7   1  -  3  2

49141184-9822-482b-9b63-93f3e08e6a4f   1  -  3  2
4f1a9807-4519-4f8b-8e00-76b5c4b6523c   1  4  3  2
52d1a600-0845-4039-9662-8a51c731a205   2  1  4  3
568f5f79-498a-4d4c-abff-2dc019ef2c37   1  4  2  3
5c483ed7-3dcd-4e68-a3eb-29d62dd341f6   1  4  3  2

5e52db72-fb9d-4c4b-8803-a62f7a8777af   2  4  3  1
68bc8dba-d1dd-4a0e-95c5-03ebd323819d   -  1  -  2
795c0fe9-76cf-4f32-95f5-498f7b57ce0f   2  -  1  3
81a709b4-4b2d-44de-b4ec-84c544551b65   1  4  2  3
84942afd-d063-4045-8777-96fbd1fd06db   2  4  3  1

938850a9-30a0-4d63-bc64-fbb244dd0ac4   1  -  3  2
972384c7-2743-455f-945a-739a931c6266   1  4  3  2
97809658-16b5-4c92-a764-c0d953acaded   2  -  3  1
9813d602-0829-4daa-a182-c25aaa8a8b9d   2  4  3  1
9a4d72a7-631f-4637-8b00-ad7f1e8c502c   -  1  -  -

9bf0b4de-c7d9-450b-b35f-13e230f2c084   2  -  1  3
9e3b55c0-0144-4451-aea2-f33ed09cdae0   3  4  2  1
a7797b68-2745-4046-ae77-520aecae893d   2  3  4  1
a7908c42-60e7-473e-aa74-e43cfa10563f   3  -  2  1
b016c32e-a490-45ab-8c23-72fc2cb3736a   -  1  -  -    

b5d3efe6-7276-4c98-a4e2-c49cde8a131f   3  4  2  1
b83d9fec-6c06-4f18-8803-7310d4bd55fe   2  3  4  1
c5852c20-f17b-4dc6-8ec4-e263575f0bf0   2  1  -  3
c67748de-ab4e-49a5-b1ef-1f45165c2a00   3  -  1  2
d33552d6-941a-425f-8403-1ef9b070a1e4   3  2  4  1

d63b6742-756a-4588-a8b7-d1f962ca9233   2  4  1  3
dae496f8-aa04-4aff-a11a-e0daf7cef405   2  4  1  3
ddd44778-6f9f-4230-913e-a5711bd0ef59   1  -  2  3
e60790ff-d004-4574-aec6-b606760d1c31   3  4  1  2
e9c9d498-dab4-4742-8757-d3b0b00c1e79   1  4  3  2

f8bd89da-a1f1-4b90-a515-1b919a0df0c2   1  A  2  3

Key: - = No preference expressed for that candidate
     A = Explicit abstention 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


First of all I'd like to apologise to the community for the delay to the
Election this year. We dropped the ball on this one, with a combination
of a late request to the Committee to resolve the tie to create the
third vacancy and problems with my mail setup combining to cause the
Call for Applications not to go out until late October, with the CFV
delayed as a result.

As can be seen from the summary of mail received during the voting
period, there were more test messages than usual. This mostly stems from
a desire to check the functionality of the updated ballot handling
system compared to the previous version.

As usual, voter validation proved relatively straightforward for the
most part, with the vast majority being regulars. Having said that, one
would be voter submitted a ballot with a voting preference that could
generously be described as "ambiguous", but they corrected this upon
receipt of the rejection message.

Anyway, that's enough waffle from me. Let me end by congratulating Owen,
Molly and Charles on their re-election, and offering comiserations to


All credit for this vote goes to Barry for arranging it smoothly and
efficiently, and congratulations to the elected committee members.


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.

Molly Mockford
Charles Lindsey

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 four way tie between the following Open Class Members:

Geoff Berrow
Mark Goodge
Fiona Gostling (aka 'Kat')
Clive George

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

Geoff Berrow



Four applications were received. The Committee had three vacancies
and therefore an Election was held to fill the three vacancies.

A list of the candidates is below:

Molly Mockford                     Candidate A
Paul Cummins                       Candidate B
Owen Dunn                          Candidate C
Charles Lindsey                    Candidate D

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

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


Candidate A

  Name: Molly Mockford
E-Mail: com2016 (at) mollymockford (dot) me (dot) uk


  Name: Brian J Forster
E-Mail: Brian (at) bjforster (dot) force9 (dot) co (dot) uk

  Name: Tony Evans
E-Mail: tony (at) darkstorm (dot) co (dot) uk

  Name: Matt Dawson
E-Mail: matt (at) chronos (dot) org (dot) uk

  Name: paul
E-Mail: usenet (at) watman (dot) clara (dot) co (dot) uk

Personal Statement:

In the words of a 19th century medical ethicist, "Primo non nocere" - 
"First, do no harm".  I feel this is a very useful maxim for the 
Committee.  Most of the time we have very little to do, and this is 
because things are proceeding smoothly and quietly.  Now and then there 
is a flurry of activity, and we are called upon to make decisions, 
which we do to the best of our ability.  It is not for Committee 
pro-actively to steer uk.* Usenet except in the most urgent of 
emergencies, but simply to respond coolly and sensibly to queries and 
other contacts from the uk.* community; and it is my firm belief that 
this is how we should continue in the future. If nothing needs to be 
done, nothing should be done simply for the sake of being seen to do 


Candidate B

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


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

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

  Name: Mike Fleming
E-Mail: mike (at) tauzero (dot) co (dot) uk

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

Personal Statement:

I really don't need to say much about myself. For all my fuckwittery, I 
have been a stalwart of UK Usenet for close to two decades.


Candidate C

  Name: Owen Dunn
E-Mail: owend (at) chiark (dot) greenend (dot) org (dot) uk


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

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

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

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

Personal Statement:

I've been reading and posting to Usenet and uk.* for a little over
twenty years.  Standing for the Committee is a way of giving a little
back.  I don't see myself or the Committee as having a particularly
activist role; it's largely a matter of keeping custody of the
Guidelines and ensuring that things keep ticking over.


Candidate D

  Name: Charles Lindsey
E-Mail: chl (at) clerew (dot) man (dot) ac (dot) uk


  Name: Brian J Forster
E-Mail: Brian (at) bjforster (dot) force9 (dot) co (dot) uk

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

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

  Name: Peter Parry
E-Mail: peter (at) wpp (dot) ltd (dot) uk

Personal Statement:

I have been on the Committee since it was set up, and have been Deputy 
Control throughout that time. I look after the UsenetUK website (and 
thanks to those who point out occasional omissions) and oversee the 
regular postings to UNNA.

I also manage our mailing lists and forwarding to moderators held on 
Gradwell.com (who provide these facilites for free). As other Gradwell 
customers will know, this is a somewhat hairy experience at the present 

And I am willing to carry on these serveices so long as people want me 
to. Apart from that, I tend to keep my mouth shut.

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