[openstack-dev] [Elections] TC Election analysis
joe.gordon0 at gmail.com
Thu Apr 30 22:00:51 UTC 2015
On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 1:28 PM, Maish Saidel-Keesing <maishsk at maishsk.com>
> On 04/30/15 21:48, Joe Gordon wrote:
>> As others have done for past elections, here is a brief breakdown of the
>> TC election ballot data.
>> analysis: http://paste.openstack.org/show/213831
>> source code: http://paste.openstack.org/show/213830
>> Some highlights are:
>> * 3 people voted but ranked everyone as #19
>> * 16% of the ballots voted for 3 or fewer candidates
>> * Theirry and Jay did much better then everyone else.
>> * Most winning candidates were ranked #19 over 1/3 of the time.
>> * No one voted for only James while 6 people only voted for Flavio (min
>> and max)
>> Thanks Joe for the analysis. It is quite interesting. Another thing that
> I find interesting is the low participation rate.
> Out of 2169 eligible voters, 548 participated - that is 25.26%.
According to  there were 369 ”Regular” contributors in 2014, and in Kilo
there were only 748 contributors with 5 or more patches out of the 1886
contributors . So measuring participation from eligible votes is a
misleading. Well over half of the eligible voters have only contributed a
few patches, and we had more voters participate then we have 'regular'
contributors. So I think our turnout is actually really good.
> Comparing to previous elections
> Oct. 2014 - 1893 eligible voters, 506 participated - 26.73%
> Apr. 2014 - 1510 eligible voters, 408 participated - 29.66%
> I am wondering why the participation level is so low. This is really one
> of the few opportunities a contributor has to define the direction of
> OpenStack as a whole. And yet it goes down each election.
> I can think of perhaps two reasons for low participation.
> 1. People do not see find that they need interaction with the TC, they are
> focused on the work going on in their project and at most - have
> interaction they need with the PTL, they do not really care that much about
> - or have any dealings with the TC and it members - so they do not find it
> important enough to participate.
> 2. Could it be that OpenStack has contributors that are producing code -
> mainly because that is what their job is - they are hired by a vendor, a
> company that has made it a priority to get code into the products - and
> therefore they produce code, and evidently it is a sizable number of people
> like this - but do not really participate in the community?
> Best Regards,
> Maish Saidel-Keesing
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