[RFC] Vote via the forum polls

Sam Kuper sampablokuper at posteo.net
Wed Mar 9 06:39:43 PST 2022

On Wed, Mar 09, 2022 at 03:25:13PM +0100, Paul Spooren wrote:
> Currently we’re using email for votes which is fine but extra work to
> monitor and document. Since our forum offers a _group limited_ poll
> function, we could also add an extra section with votes. Only people
> from the developer group would be able to participate, vote results
> and comments are always public and already documented. Fancy graphs
> are shown, deadlines can be defined to automatically close polls.
> The biggest adventure is that openwrt-adm is a rather special and
> small list which only a few people follow, using the forum grants a
> much higher visibility.
> We have the technology, should we use it?
> Here is a demo:
> https://forum.openwrt.org/t/test-vote-just-for-testing-and-as-a-demo/122274


This proposal would effectively bar from voting any (future) admins/devs
who don't use JavaScript and/or the forum.

Also, from a security/authenticity perspective, GPG-signed emails (not
that OpenWRT currently requires that, IIRC, but Debian does and it's a
good idea) have stronger integrity guarantees than forum polls would.

Best wishes,


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