#103 Improving Fedora Elections Process: Improving Voter Participation
Closed: Complete 2 years ago Opened 3 years ago by cprofitt.

These ideas were taken from ticket #90; the focus of this ticket is improving voter participation

---- ideas from #90 ----

  • Teaser article in magazine article
  • Badge for voting (potential privacy issues - see ticket https://fedorahosted.org/fedora-badges/ticket/45
  • AMA on Reddit (candidate more interactive w/ community)
  • Use social media to make people with FAS accounts aware of the election
  • Automatically gather data about candidate activities over the last # months
    • ensure that the data is fair

Discussed in 2017-02-07 meeting.

Continuing what is successful

In the meeting, we revisited what has been successful in this past cycle but also in the last few election cycles. Again, as in #102, it is important that we maintain the following:

  • Community Blog posts for candidate interviews leading up to the election
  • Posts on the announce mailing list at the start of the voting period, but also close to the end
  • Using social media to promote the election window being open

Better understanding with metrics

One thing that would be helpful here is if we could better understand our efforts with metrics on voting participation. I'm not sure what would be helpful in constructing a report to look at this, but maybe @bee2502 could provide some insight to this or give pointers for what we could start collecting.

New ideas for growing?

Other ideas we discussed to continue growing and have a larger impact are broken down into this sub-categories. It would help to have @jkurik provide input on some of these ideas too. :smiley:

Fedora Magazine announcement

Even though the election interviews, which used to be on the Magazine, were the lowest performing posts, it may be helpful to write one, single article for the Magazine announcing the election process starting to help raise awareness in the general public. This would be supplemented by social media posts. But ideally, this would help reach out to the group of voters who are eligible, but maybe not active enough to keep up with news about the election without enough advance notice.

Voting badge

This isn't a new idea, but this could be worthy to try pursuing for an Election cycle sometime soon. Badge artwork is already available in this ticket, and there was general consensus in the later comments about the best way to anonymize and protect the confidentiality of voters by doing it in a similar style to Nuancier. A ticket in the Elections app also puts in an RFE to add this type of functionality.

As small of a thing as it is, I feel like this would go a tremendous way in improving voter participation. Hopefully, along with other communication steps outlined in this ticket, people would be following along with the process and be more engaged with the process as a whole, as compared to someone putting in random votes just for a badge (which I don't think is going to be all that common).

Nominee AMAs on Reddit / other platforms

The more fun and dynamic idea is one that @rhea and I had discussed a bit in person about holding "Ask Me Anything!" (AMA) sessions on the /r/Fedora subreddit, where we are both moderators. This could be a fun and engaging way for nominees and voters to engage with each other and also to bolster quality discussion about what a candidate hopes to accomplish if elected, as well as share this message with the voting community.

The issue we need to discuss on this is if a candidate is unwilling to use Reddit. It could be a major disadvantage if a candidate chooses to not participate in this, but maybe it should be encouraged as an optional but helpful activity. Alternatively, we could make do a Twitter AMA hour, similar to how Outreachy has theirs, but I wonder how effective this might be (and how easy it would be to refer back to later, as compared to a forum-style thread on Reddit). But we should be ready to anticipate a candidate not willing to participate in this.

Would be curious to know thoughts of others!

Fedora Magazine Article:
Potentially the 'Election' article could be condensed in to one large How Do You Fedora style article introducing each candidate from a 'personal' and 'how they use Fedora' side instead of the platform side of things which can still go on CommBlog.

@cprofitt So you think a "How do you Fedora: Elections edition" sort of idea, with all of the candidates rolled into a single post on the CommBlog?

@jflory7 yes, that is the thought. Though I was thinking on the Magazine. The individual posts would still be on CommBlog.

I realize that hubs is coming and may cause some of this to be rethought, but I am feeling like in the short-term we could consider opportunities to make the commblog more of a "contributor landing page." This would include the idea of running a sidebar during election periods listing the offices and candidates with links to their interviews. This would increase the visibility of the campaigning.

I also like the idea of a roll up Fedora Magazine article.

(unrelated: the sidebar can be used for other cool stuff (tm) when elections are not in progress. A similar side bar on magazine could show tweets or Instagram photos - way off topic I know)

Metadata Update from @jflory7:
- Issue untagged with: meeting

3 years ago

@bex Could you file an RFE for this in the Community Blog theme repo? Ryan Lerch is best person to keep in the loop on this. :smiley:

Metadata Update from @bee2502:
- Issue set to the milestone: Future releases (was: Fedora 26)
- Issue tagged with: needs feedback

3 years ago

Metadata Update from @bee2502:
- Issue tagged with: meeting

2 years ago

@bt0dotninja will work on starting an email thread that we need feedback on voting badge and AMA idea or any more ideas.

+1 Voting badge: Everybody loves badges :heartpulse:

+1 Nominee AMAs on Reddit and twitter.

The issue we need to discuss on this is if a candidate is unwilling to use Reddit. It could be a major disadvantage if a candidate chooses to not participate in this, but maybe it should be encouraged as an optional but helpful activity. Alternatively, we could make do a Twitter AMA hour, similar to how Outreachy has theirs, but I wonder how effective this might be (and how easy it would be to refer back to later, as compared to a forum-style thread on Reddit). But we should be ready to anticipate a candidate not willing to participate in this.

It is the candidate's decision to use the tools available during the election process.

Can someone explain how nuancier handles badges anonymously? Does the voting badge allow easy opt out for those who do not wish to be recognized as voting?

@bex: there is an explanation from @jflory7:

Nuancier is the tool used for the
supplementary wallpapers every release. Nuancier waits until a user
submits votes on wallpapers, and then gives them a claim URL for the
badge. This approach would work well for elections too since it doesn't
connect a FAS account to voting preference or any public data.

Metadata Update from @jflory7:
- Issue priority set to: no deadline (was: minor (3-4 weeks))

2 years ago

Discussed in 2017-10-30 meeting.

Badge support in Elections app

We discussed this during the meeting and reviewed the mailing list thread that @bt0dotninja started. We determined the following:

  • @skamath: File a new RFE against project to support issuing badges after voting
  • @skamath also volunteered to spend some development time on the project, to try and implement some of the RFEs
    • Will check in on development progress at Nov. 20th meeting

AMAs

We're late to plan an AMA for this election cycle, but we'll revisit the idea in the next cycle, when we begin planning next spring.

Metadata Update from @jflory7:
- Issue untagged with: meeting, needs feedback
- Issue assigned to skamath
- Issue priority set to: minor (3-4 weeks) (was: no deadline)
- Issue set to the milestone: Fedora 28 (to May 2018) (was: Future releases)

2 years ago

Metadata Update from @jflory7:
- Issue priority set to: no deadline (was: minor (3-4 weeks))
- Issue set to the milestone: Future releases (was: Fedora 28 (to May 2018))

2 years ago

Policy changes were made to the elections in January 2018. #118 is now closed and complete, now that our team documentation better explains our role and engagement with the election process.

Since the work detailed in this ticket was more or less completed in Summer 2017, I am closing this ticket as complete. We can start fresh with new work for the elections at the start of the next cycle.

Metadata Update from @jflory7:
- Issue close_status updated to: Complete
- Issue set to the milestone: Fedora 27 (to Nov. 2017) (was: Future releases)
- Issue status updated to: Closed (was: Open)

2 years ago

Login to comment on this ticket.

Metadata