[Foundation-l] Licensing update vote result

Anthony wikimail at inbox.org
Thu May 21 23:06:32 UTC 2009

On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 5:33 PM, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> 2009/5/20 Robert Rohde <rarohde at gmail.com>:
> > The licensing update poll has been tallied.
> >
> > "Yes, I am in favor of this change" :  13242 (75.8%)
> > "No, I am opposed to this change" :  1829 (10.5%)
> > "I do not have an opinion on this change" :  2391 (13.7%)
> I do want to state for the record that the only reason a "no opinion"
> option was included in the vote was to give users an option to "not
> vote" explicitly if they didn't feel they could have an informed
> opinion on such a complex issue, so that they wouldn't feel compelled
> to make one up. In other words, it was a measure intended to increase
> the quality of the yes/no votes. But I don't think these neutral votes
> should be given greater weight than the people who expressed no
> opinion by not voting.
> In other words, I consider this for all intents and purposes an
> 88%/12% result (it was also stated in the proposal that "votes that
> express a preference" would be the basis of any decision). I say this
> because that is important if people want to view it through the lens
> of our traditional standards of "rough consensus". :-)

Which way do neutral votes count on RfA?

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