Elections for Airship

Kendall Nelson kennelson11 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 3 13:46:53 UTC 2019

Might also be helpful to look at our document that outlines the process we
go through[1]. If you have any questions, let us know!

-Kendall (diablo_rojo)

[1] https://opendev.org/openstack/election/src/branch/master/README.rst

On Thu, May 30, 2019 at 3:37 PM Jeremy Stanley <fungi at yuggoth.org> wrote:

> On 2019-05-30 19:04:56 +0000 (+0000), MCEUEN, MATT wrote:
> > OpenStack Infra team,
> The OpenStack Infrastructure team hasn't been officially involved in
> running technical elections for OpenStack for several years now
> (subject tag removed accordingly). With the advent of Gerrit's REST
> API, contributor data can be queried and assembled anonymously by
> anyone. While I happen to be involved in these activities for longer
> than that's been the case, I'll be answering while wearing my
> OpenStack Technical Election Official hat throughout the remainder
> of this reply.
> > As the Airship project works to finalize our governance and
> > elected positions [1], we need to be ready to hold our first
> > elections. I wanted to reach out and ask for any experience,
> > guidance, materials, or tooling you can share that would help this
> > run correctly and smoothly? This is an area where the Airship team
> > doesn't have much experience so we may not know the right
> > questions to ask.
> >
> > Aside from a member of the Airship community creating a poll in
> > CIVS [2], is there anything else you would recommend? Is there any
> > additional tooling in place in the OpenStack world? Any potential
> > pitfalls, or other hard-won advice for us?
> [...]
> As Sean mentioned in his reply, the OpenStack community has been
> building and improving tooling in the openstack/election Git
> repository on OpenDev over the past few years. The important bits
> (in my opinion) center around querying Gerrit for a list of
> contributors whose changes have merged to sets of official project
> repositories within a qualifying date range. I've recently been
> assisting StarlingX's election officials with a similar request, and
> do have some recommendations.
> Probably the best place to start is adding an official structured
> dataset with your team/project information following the same schema
> used by OpenStack[0] and now StarlingX[1], then applying a couple of
> feature patches[2][3] (if they haven't merged by the time you read
> this) to the openstack/election master branch. After that, you ought
> to be able to run something along the lines of:
>     tox -e venv -- owners --after 2018-05-30 --before 2019-05-31
>         --nonmember --outdir airship-electorate
>         --projects ../../airship/governance/projects.yaml
>         --ref master
> (Note that the --after and --before dates work like in Gerrit's
> query language and carry with them an implied midnight UTC, so one
> is the actual start date but the other is the day after the end
> date; "on or after" and "before but not on" is how I refer to them
> in prose.)
> You'll see the resulting airship-electorate directory includes a lot
> of individual files. There are two basic types: .yaml files which
> are structured data meant for human auditing as well as scripted
> analysis, and .txt files which are a strict list of one Gerrit
> preferred E-mail address per line for each voter (the format
> expected by the https://civs.cs.cornell.edu/ voting service). It's
> probably also obvious that there are sets of these named for each
> team in your governance, as well as a set which start with
> underscore (_). The former represent contributions to the
> deliverable repositories of each team, while the latter are produced
> from an aggregate of all deliverable repositories for all teams
> (this is what you might use for electing an Airship-wide governing
> body).
> There are a couple of extra underscore files...
> _duplicate_owners.yaml includes information on deduplicated entries
> for contributors where the script was able to detect more than one
> Gerrit account for the same individual, while the _invites.csv file
> isn't really election-related at all and is what the OSF normally
> feeds into the automation which sends event discounts to
> contributors. In case you're curious about the _invites.csv file,
> the first column is the OSF member ID (if known) or 0 (if no
> matching membership was found), the second column is the display
> name from Gerrit, the third column is the preferred E-mail address
> from Gerrit (this corresponds to the address used for the
> _electorate.txt file), and any subsequent columns are the extra
> non-preferred addresses configured in Gerrit for that account.
> Please don't hesitate to follow up with any additional questions you
> might have!
> [0]
> https://opendev.org/openstack/governance/src/branch/master/reference/projects.yaml
> [1]
> https://opendev.org/starlingx/governance/src/branch/master/reference/tsc/projects.yaml
> [2] https://review.opendev.org/661647
> [3] https://review.opendev.org/661648
> --
> Jeremy Stanley
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