03 Oct 2010: UK Usenet Committee Elections 2010 - Call for Nominations

From: Barry Salter <bsalter@ukvoting.org.uk>
Date: Sun, 03 Oct 2010 13:49:29 +0100
Subject: RESULT - UK Usenet Committee Elections 2010
Newsgroups: uk.net.news.announce,uk.net.news.config,uk.net.news.management


                     Result of Call for Nominations
                   UK Usenet Committee Elections 2010

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 unopposed to serve as Open Members of
the UK Usenet Committee until December 2013:

Martyn Bailey (AKA .m / .mother)
Charles Lindsey
Molly Mockford


Nominations closed at 23:59:59 BST, 30th September 2010.

Votetakers for the 2010 UK Usenet Committee Elections:

   Primary: Barry Salter <com2k10-queries (at) ukvotes.southie.me.uk>
 Secondary: Pedt Scragg <ukcom2010 (at) fairfieldtowers.net>



These results have been posted to the following newsgroups:


The full results follow below in the following order:

1) Summary of Mail Received During the Nominations Period
2) Candidates
3) Votetaker's Comments
4) Voting and Appeal Information


Summary of Mail Received During the Nominations Period

  4 messages were received to the Nominations Address, of which:

  3 were valid nominations which were later confirmed
  1 was rejected as the would be nominator put the name of one
    candidate on the nomination form, with himself as sole nominator.



Three nominations were received. The Committee had three vacancies for
the Open Class, therefore no Election was necessary and all three
candidates were elected unopposed.

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

Martyn Bailey (AKA .m / .mother)        Candidate A
Charles Lindsey                         Candidate B
Molly Mockford                          Candidate C

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  : Martyn Bailey (AKA .m / .mother)
E-Mail: nospam (at) notnominet (dot) name


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

Name  : Molly Mockford
E-Mail: com2010 (at) mollymockford (dot) me (dot) uk

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

Name  : Clive D.W. Feather
E-Mail: clive (at) davros (dot) org


While usenet may not be important in the grand scheme of things, it's
probably the part of the Internet I'd miss most were it not here.
I'm re-standing partly on the basis of having caused very little harm
during my tenure on the Committee, and partly as I strongly believe
"uk." still has value, and provides a good model of how netnews should


Candidate B

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


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

Name  : Anthony R. Gold
E-Mail: tgold (at) panix (dot) com

Name  : Geoff Berrow
E-Mail: nominate (at) 4theweb (dot) co (dot) uk

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


I have been on the Committee since forever so that I, in effect, have become
the Committee's "memory" - able to tell them exactly what we did the last time
some problem comes up _:) .

I also act as Deputy Control, and look after our website and our interface
with Gradwell.com, who provide facilities for the uesent.org.uk domain.


Candidate C

Name  : Molly Mockford
E-Mail: com2010 (at) mollymockford (dot) me (dot) uk


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

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

Name  : Clive Feather
E-Mail: clive (at) davros (dot) org

Name  : Fiona Gostling (Kat)
E-Mail: katstuff (at) the-kat (dot) org


Six years ago, when I first stood for Committee after quite a few years 
serving on UKVoting, a major part of my platform was to heal the then 
rift between Committee and UKVoting.  Only partly due to me, and largely 
due to the members of the two organisations, this was speedily 
accomplished, after which things quieted down.  And down... and down...

This does not necessarily mean that this will remain the case forever. 
Back then, we could not foresee the current slump;  and now we cannot 
foresee the future.  In one or two years' time, things may be buzzing 
again.  I look forward to that buzz.

So I am putting myself forward for re-election, in the hope that things 
will come alive again, and that there will be (as there once was) so 
much concentrated and fascinating work on the Committee mailing list 
that it will be a struggle to find time to read all my newsgroups!


Votetaker's Comments


This is the second time in three years that there has been no need to 
hold an Election (the previous occasion having been in 2008), though at
least all three vacancies were filled this time round.

Whilst not having to run an Election makes our job as votetakers easier,
it would have been nice to see some more candidates tossing their names
into the ring.
Other than the one person listed in the summary of emails received, that
submitted a partially filled nomination form, the rest of the process
has run smoothly.


I agree with Barry's comments above.


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 copy of that
provided in the Call for Nominations)

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.


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
Martyn Bailey (aka 'Mother')

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