23 Dec 2006: UK Usenet Hierarchy - Committee Election 2006

From: "Richard Ashton" <r.ashton@ukvoting.org.uk>
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 21:23:12 +0000
Subject: RESULT - UK Usenet Committee Elections 2006
Newsgroups: uk.net.news.announce,uk.net.news.config,uk.net.news.management


                        Result of Call for Votes
                   UK Usenet Committee Elections 2006

Due to the continued prevalence of viruses and worms that 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 2009:

         Chris Croughton
         Kat aka Fiona Gostling
         Graham Drabble


Voting closed at 23:59:59 GMT, 2nd December 2006.

Primary Votetaker: Richard Ashton <cmt2006 (at) voting.semolina.org> 
[Originally Secondary]

Voluntarily withdrew: Pedt Scragg <com2k06 (at) mx2.org.uk>
[Originally Primary until 2006-11-14]



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

Chris Croughton             Candidate A
Graham Drabble              Candidate B
Kat aka Fiona Gostling      Candidate C
Lt. Cmdr. Jim               Candidate D
Wm                          Candidate E 


Summary of Mail Received During the Voting Period

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

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

 68 were valid and counted votes
  2 were valid votes subsequently superseded by the voter
  2 were valid votes subsequently duplicated by the voter
  1 was deemed invalid due to the voter placing two candidates equal,
    this was NACKed but the voter did not revote.
  1 was deemed invalid due to the acknowledgement having bounced, but
    the voter revoted from a alternate address
  1 was an abstention
  1 was a test by the 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 Elections 2006

Stage 1
Total Valid Vote: 68
Places to be filled +1: 4
So Quota = 68/4
Quota = 17.00

First Preferences
Chris_Croughton 38.00
Graham_Drabble 9.00
Kat_aka_Fiona_Gostling 14.00
Lt._Cmdr._Jim 4.00
Wm 3.00

Chris_Croughton ELECTED 
with 38.00
over quota 17.00
Active Vote: 51.00
Places left+1: 3
Vote required for election now: 17.00
Stage 2
No candidates can be excluded, so we transfer the largest surplus
Surplus of Chris_Croughton
Graham_Drabble gets 10 papers.
Kat_aka_Fiona_Gostling gets 19 papers.
Lt._Cmdr._Jim gets 5 papers.
Wm gets 4 papers.
38 papers transferred.
Total Present Value: 38.00
0 papers non-transferable.
Calculating transfer value: 21.00/38
Papers transferred at 0.55
Graham_Drabble now has 14.50 votes.
Kat_aka_Fiona_Gostling now has 24.45 votes.
Lt._Cmdr._Jim now has 6.75 votes.
Wm now has 5.20 votes.
0.10 votes non-transferable.

Kat_aka_Fiona_Gostling ELECTED 
with 24.45
over quota 17.00
Active Vote: 33.90
Places left+1: 2
Vote required for election now: 16.95
Stage 3
No candidates can be excluded, so we transfer the largest surplus
Surplus of Kat_aka_Fiona_Gostling
Graham_Drabble gets 10 papers.
Lt._Cmdr._Jim gets 7 papers.
Wm gets 2 papers.
19 papers transferred.
Total Present Value: 10.45
0 papers non-transferable.
Calculating transfer value: 7.45/19
Papers transferred at 0.39
Graham_Drabble now has 18.40 votes.
Lt._Cmdr._Jim now has 9.48 votes.
Wm now has 5.98 votes.
0.04 votes non-transferable.

Graham_Drabble ELECTED 
with 18.40
over quota 17.00

In grid format, this is expressed as follows:

UK Usenet Committee Elections 2006
Number to be elected: 3 (from 5)
Counted votes: 68
Quota for election on first round: 17

1st     Stage 2           Stage 3
Pref    T        A        T       A
 38     -21.00   17.00            17.00  Elected  Chris Croughton  
  9      +5.50   14.50    +3.90   18.40  Elected  Graham Drabble
 14     +10.45   24.45    -7.45   17.00  Elected  Kat aka Fiona Gostling
  4      +2.75    6.75    +2.73    9.48           Lt. Cmdr. Jim  
  3      +2.20    5.20    +0.78    5.98           Wm

         +0.10    0.10    +0.04    0.14           Non-transferable
 68              68.00            68.00           Totals

Key to grid:

Stage 2 - Surplus of Chris Croughton 
Stage 3 - Surplus of Kat aka Fiona Gostling

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


Voter List

The following individuals supplied valid votes:

Name                    Email
Adam D. Barratt          usenet+vote-ctte2006+adam-barratt!gro#ku
Adam Price               adam+usenet#pappnase$oc#ku
Alan LeHun               zzukvote~lehun*clara$oc#ku
Alex D. Baxter           alex-news$oenone?demon$oc#ku
Ali                      ali_on_usenet+ntlworld%moc
Ali Hopkins              alisonhopkins1~btinternet%moc
Andrew Hodgson           andrew$hodgsonfamily!gro
anonimulo                anonimulo2003%yahoo%moc
Anthony R. Gold          bigfoot?davros!gro
Brett Paul Dunbar        brett?dimetrodon?demon$oc#ku
Charles Lindsey          chl*clerew%man*ca#ku
Chris Croughton          chris#keristor+ten
Clive Feather            clive?davros!gro
Clive R Robertson        vote2006*clive!gro#ku
Colin Rosenstiel         usenet%rosenstiel*cix$oc#ku
Darren Longhorn          darrenlonghorn=yahoo%moc
Dave Hillam              dave&hillam!gro#ku
Dave Mayall              dave$research-group$oc#ku
Dave Williams            dave*clues%moc
David Uri                daviduri~bigfoot%moc
Debbie Herring           debbie*cybertheology+ten
Dick Gaughan             dg?dickgaughan$oc#ku
Geoff Berrow             response*ckdog$oc#ku
gizbon                   gizbon!higs$oc#ku
Goalie of the Century    mjp*crowsnest$oc#ku
Graham Drabble           graham?drabble*em#ku
Graham Murray            newspost!gmurray!gro#ku
Grant                    com2k06vote%mason&hs
Guy Morgan               guy+firstlight*plus%moc
Ian Clifton              ian*clifton*chem$ox*ca#ku
James Bentall            james~bentall+ten
James Farrar             james$farrar!gmail%moc
Jim Crowther             Don't_spam^wotmeworry!gro#ku
Jim Riley                jimrtex+pipeline%moc
John Bean                john^waterfoot+ten
John Hall                john$jhall$oc#ku
John the R-T             ajp_32~beeb+ten
Jonathan Wheeler         jfw73&rl*ca#ku
kat                      kat+news+ntlworld%moc
Kevin Ashley             K#Ashley+ulcc*ca#ku
Kimbo                    bykimbo!gmail%moc
Lt Cmdr. Jim             jim%us-lot!gro
Mark Goodge              mark!good-stuff$oc#ku
Martyn Bailey            m!101fc+ten
Maurice Bickerstaff      maurice+theoldpost#plus%moc
Mike Fleming             mike+tauzero$oc#ku
Mike Tullett             mtullett+ntlworld%moc
MJ Ray                   mjr%phonecoop$ocop
Molly Mockford           com2006%mollymockford$em#ku
Nadeem                   nadeem#k2magic+ten
Owen Rees                owenrees^waitrose%moc
paul                     {voter}^watman*clara$oc#ku
Paul Carpenter           paul~pcserviceselectronics$oc#ku
Paul Cummins             paul*cummins$ie%eu!gro
Paul Giverin             paul!giverin$oc#ku
Paul Harper              paul+harper+ten
Peter Parry              peter^wpp$ltd#ku
Peter Robinson           pmrobinson!gmx+ten
Peter Smyth              psmyth!gmx+ten
Philip Powell            philip~blencathra!gro#ku
Rex M F Smith            ukusenet$voter!gehena?demon$oc#ku
Richard Clayton          richard*highwayman%moc
Robbie Irvine            robbie~babblings!gro#ku
Roger Hayter             roger+hayter?demon$oc#ku
Ronan Flood              ronan+noc&ulcc*ca#ku
sparhawk                 sparhawk2+ntlworld%moc
Thomas Lee               tfl+psp$oc#ku
Tony Wright              adw%saska$oc#ku
Wm                       tcnw81+tarrcity?demon$oc#ku


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 Rankings
    Voter ID      A  B  C  D  E
================  =============
021b910196b56093  2  3  1  5  4
03fdde6f33c16fd2  2  3  1  4  5
0abe1f839b0c657a  1  5  3  2  4
0c8b90d5a30a3a6d  3  2  4  5  1
0cd9319fbee51a42  1  2  3  4  -
0fb51289e9839e14  2  4  1  3  5
1607eb1b78e283d5  4  1  3  2  5
17abb83b01ffa1c7  1  4  3  2  5
24b0f82ce91f5843  2  1  4  3  5
2c72f4f69559b5b7  2  1  3  4  5
2fc77749abc91c40  1  3  2  5  4
34e71b6df27a69c6  1  4  2  3  5
378d83f0a0bd8453  1  5  3  4  2
3c672e18388982b8  2  3  1  4  5
3e94aafec4563e6c  1  3  2  4  5
3ef5111773bebfdf  A  A  A  A  A
44b595ea91a876dd  3  4  1  2  5
593cd55fd6a61538  1  5  3  4  2
61c5192b4b1e07e8  -  1  2  3  4
62714a3c6e9d51dd  1  2  3  4  5
633fca6e26486432  3  4  2  1  5
6890bf8e903439a6  2  3  1  -  -
6a8bb4058407f41e  1  -  2  3  -
6b909139af6d8b11  1  4  2  5  3
714427b411782363  1  2  3  4  -
75829f1f05a57205  2  1  3  4  5
77c5188620ec820d  2  3  4  1  5
7a1caba278711033  1  4  2  3  5
7ea69c5488109fae  1  5  2  3  4
842bf267f0745d5f  1  4  3  5  2
856c47c6349f7ede  2  3  1  4  5
874268354cdad670  4  3  2  1  5
896bc2a24f45de68  2  1  3  -  -
8adac7d0b84d0bac  1  2  4  3  -
8ba3615c059bd59b  1  5  2  4  3
8c8a4128218a7dcb  1  4  3  5  2
8f88a8b1e46f9f2b  1  3  4  2  5
9122f5a1dd5e155d  1  4  2  3  5
98940dbf45c00160  1  4  2  3  5
9bfb2ae83288486f  2  1  3  4  5
9dc674aede6cf507  1  3  2  4  5
a442b3ce44f37b05  2  4  1  3  5
a4d76e8731ee61f8  5  3  2  1  4
a63665d27d2e1299  1  2  3  4  5
ac9c0480667df79e  2  3  1  4  5
ad1713d6bae71159  3  2  4  -  1
aeab7b4131ee5615  2  1  4  3  5
afa5f5d40e4fd7b9  1  2  3  4  -
b0ef1d451480aa1f  1  3  2  4  5
b61a5b94b1feee19  1  3  4  2  5
b8ce1dca55834de4  2  1  3  4  5
b9a9327d2de588c9  1  2  4  3  5
be4ec08796e094dc  1  3  2  4  5
c258e3901f3bf623  1  4  3  2  5
c61b33845b386c50  1  4  2  3  5
ca8c33f614900719  3  2  1  5  4
cdf78ac8a4f227a2  2  5  1  3  4
dd08c287323d641e  5  4  3  2  1
e059c7baef140603  2  -  1  -  3
e39c19045beee4b8  1  2  5  3  4
e8c6830e7cd5b93d  1  2  4  3  5
ec797b688f922cde  2  4  1  3  5
f070588a557339a9  1  2  3  4  5
f28efc6de56a58a3  1  3  2  4  5
f69055f7fc249026  2  4  1  -  3
f97f8e8194f0e1b1  1  3  2  4  5
fc47d1fe89401ba1  1  3  2  4  5
fcb3a50545ac6c41  1  3  2  4  5
ff2f28df216d4148  1  3  2  4  5

Key: - = No preference expressed for that candidate
     A = Abstained
If you wish to check that your vote has been correctly recorded, your
Voter ID can be found on your ballot paper and your acknowledgement.

It should be noted that the Voter 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


I took over the vote, somewhat unexpectedly, after Pedt had a personal
issue involving more important things than Usenet votes.

From that point the vote proceeded very smoothly just the odd broken
mail server, and spam filters, delaying the acknowledgements.

I would like to congratulate Chris, Kat and Graham.

The voting numbers continue to decrease but I think that there is
still a point in voting.

2003 131
2004 109
2005 103
2006  69


First of all I'd like to express my thanks to Richard for taking
over the vote at very short notice and keeping it running smoothly
after I voluntarily withdrew.

Nothing to report for the nomination stage other than emails were
sent out in response to the nomination forms and were duly responded
to. My thanks to those contacted for their very swift replies, which
contributed to the smooth running of this phrase.

It has already been acknowledged that a subtle error crept into one
of the candidates email addresses on the CFV and ballot paper. This
was corrected on the ballot paper as soon as I became aware of the 
error. Regrettably, with the accumulation of circumstances it was not
corrected on the second CFV. This did not compromise the vote as there 
was no doubt as to the identity of the candidate.

Finally, my commiserations to those not elected and congratulations to 
the winners.


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
CFVs in the uk hierarchy.  The rules under which this vote is taken
are posted regularly to uk.net.news.announce or can be found at the
following URL: <http://www.usenet.org.uk/voting.html>

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 corrected 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 resigning from the Committee

Open Member Class:

Fiona Gostling (aka 'Kat')
Chris Croughton
Jim Clokey (aka 'Lt. Cmdr. Jim')

who have served their respective terms.



5 nominations have been received. The committee has 3 vacancies and
therefore an election will be held to fill the 3 vacancies.

A list of the candidates is below (in alphabetical order by name).


Chris Croughton                      Candidate A
Graham Drabble                       Candidate B
Kat aka Fiona Gostling               Candidate C
Lt. Cmdr. Jim                        Candidate D
Wm                                   Candidate E

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  : Chris Croughton
E-Mail: chris (at) keristor (dot) net


Name  : kat
E-Mail: kat.news (at) ntlworld (dot) com

Name  : Adam Price
E-Mail: adam+usenet (at) pappnase (dot) co (dot) uk

Name  : Wm...
E-Mail: tcnw81 (at) tarrcity (dot) demon (dot) co (dot) uk

Name  : John Hall
E-Mail: john (at) jhall (dot) co (dot) uk


I think anyone likely to vote probably knows me by now.  I've been on
Usenet since 1992, in various newsgroups, will have been on the UK
Usenet Committee for 3 years next January, and have been Control for
uk.* since April 2004.  I've never hidden my Usenet activities so
should have a complete record (I'm the only "Chris Croughton" as far
I can tell).


Candidate B

Name  : Graham Drabble
E-Mail: graham (at) drabble (dot) me (dot) uk


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

Name  : Chris Croughton
E-Mail: chris (at) keristor (dot) net

Name  : Kat
E-Mail: kat (dot) news (at) ntlworld (dot) com

Name  : Dick Gaughan
E-Mail: dg (at) dickgaughan (dot) co (dot) uk


There's not really much for me to say here, having been on the 
committee in the past you pretty much know what you're getting. 
Basically I'm reasonably happy with the system as it stands though am
always happy to look for tweaks. In general I prefer to work on an 
informal basis building concensus rather than imposing a decision. 
The one thing I would like to improve is the involvement of news 
admins in the process, which is something that could (and IMO should)
be done across hierarchies since the issues are very similar for all.

Also I feel I ought to say at this point that work requires me to do 
a lot of travel (I will be out the country for most of November). I 
should be able to check email / Usenet from wherever I am but it may 
not be every night.

Candidate C

Name  : Kat aka Fiona Gostling
E-Mail: kat (dot) news (at) ntlworld (dot) com


Name  : Graham Drabble
E-Mail: graham (at) drabble (dot) me (dot) uk

Name  : Wm
E-Mail: tcnw81 (at) tarrcity (dot) demon (dot) co (dot) uk

Name  : Alison Hopkins
E-Mail: alisonhopkins1 (at) btinternet (dot) com

Name  : John Bean
E-Mail: waterfoot (at) gmail (dot) com


When I stood for election three years ago I said I felt I would be able 
to offer the views of the ordinary user and I hope I have done that. 
It has been very quiet for the last year or so, and I hope this suggests 
that the hierarchy is running smoothly.  It would be nice to see more
happening though, and if elected I would continue to do what I can to
aid the processes.


Candidate D

Name  : Lt. Cmdr. Jim
E-Mail: jim (at) us-lot (dot) org


Name  : Dr Zoidberg
E-Mail: alex (at) drzoidberg (dot) co (dot) uk

Name  : Sparhawk
E-Mail: sparhawk2 (at) ntlworld (dot) com

Name  : Alison Hopkins
E-Mail: alisonhopkins1 (at) btinternet (dot) com

Name  : Chris Croughton
E-Mail: chris (at) keristor (dot) org


During my three years on the Committee, I have successfully managed not 
to do anything monumentally stupid in my official capacity.  This being 
(in my opinion) the most important function of a Committee member, I 
will stand for re-election on a platform of continuing not to cause 
major explosions, avoiding disastrous blunders, and hardly ever crashing 
the Black Helicopter.  Or you could vote for one of the several other
candidates who are also perfectly competent, it's up to you really.


Candidate E

Name  : Wm
E-Mail: tcnw81 (at) tarrcity (dot) demon (dot) co (dot) uk


Name  : kat
E-Mail: kat (dot) news (at) ntlworld (dot) com

Name  : Chris
E-Mail: chris (at) keristor (dot) net

Name  : Martyn Bailey (aka Mother)
E-Mail: m (at) 101fc (dot) net

Name  : Paul
E-Mail: paul (at) harper (dot) net


Like most people I have a name, mine is William Tarr.  I have purposely 
chosen a mix of nominators that reflect some of my views of how uk.* is. 
ChrisC is the best control we've had for a long time.  Kat is nice and 
came to uk.* from an unexpected older place.  Martyn is thoughtful and 
fun as is Paul; I think uk.* needs a sense of humour about itself and a 
mix of people if it is to survive.  If it isn't fun people will stop 
doing it and that would be the end of what I believe is the best managed 
usenet hierarchy in the world.  Enough about them; I've only a few lines 
left (Pedt allowed me a generous 15, so I'll squeeze in a word or two to 
say that I think UKV is good and the fact that we think about our voting 
is better than hierarchies that don't).  I'm in favour of new groups 
where support is shown but also in favour of a tidy hierarchy which 
means that I lean towards group removal where appropriate.  I also like 
savoury things.  Did you hear the one about ... rats, end of speech.

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