[TC][all] X Release name polling

Sean McGinnis sean.mcginnis at gmx.com
Thu Dec 10 16:53:00 UTC 2020

Hey everyone,

We recently collected naming suggestions for the X release name. A lot
of great suggestions by the community! Much more than I had expected for
this letter.

As a reminder, starting with the W release we had changed the process
for selecting the name [1]. We collected suggestions from the community,
then the members of the TC voted in a poll [2] to select which name(s)
out of the suggestions to go with. The vetting of the top choices from
that process is happening now, and we should have a official result soon.

This is a bit of a mea culpa from me about an issue with how this was
conducted though. The naming process specifically states: "the poll
should be run in a manner that allows members of the community to see
what each TC member voted for." When I set up the CIVS poll, I failed to
check the box that would allow seeing the detailed results of the poll.
So while we do have the winning names, we are not able to see which TC
members voted and how. I apologize for missing this step (and I've noted
that we really should add some detailed process for future coordinators
to follow!).

I believe the intent with that part of the process was to allow the
community to see how your elected TC members voted as one factor to
consider when reelecting anyone. Also transparency to show that no one
is pushing through their own choices, circumventing any process.

The two options I see at this point would be to either redo the entire
naming poll, or just try to capture what TC members voted for somewhere
so we have a record of that.

It's been long enough now since taking the poll that I don't expect TC
members to remember exactly how they ranked things. But we've also
started the vetting process through the Foundation (lawyers engaged,
etc) so I'd really rather not start over if we can avoid it. If TC
members could respond here with what they remember voting for, I hope
that is enough to satisfy the spirit of the defined process.

If there are any members of the community that have a strong objection
to this, please say so. I leave it up to the TC then to decide how to

Again, apologies for missing this step. Otherwise, I think the process
has worked well, and I hope we can declare an official X name shortly.



[2] https://civs.cs.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/results.pl?id=E_7e6e96070af39fe7

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