[Haskell-cafe] Re: The Haskell re-branding exercise

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Mon Feb 9 12:46:34 EST 2009

> Sterling Clover wrote:
>> IP based limitations are a terrible idea. Multiple users can be and  
>> often are behind the same IP if they're in some sort of intranet, be it 
>> corporate, academic, or simply multiple home computers. Mail-based  
>> authentication can be screwed with, sure, but it's also very easy to  
>> notice this (as opposed to ip nonsense) through simply eyeballing the  
>> results. There's no general everywhere way to prevent vote fraud.  
>> However, if we make it even require a mild bit of thought, that should  
>> be sufficient in this case, as there won't be enough votes to prevent  
>> some sort of rough eyeball-based check of the results, and if there 
>> are, then that's a sign of fraud for sure! Furthermore, there's very 
>> little incentive for someone to go the extra mile here, as we're voting 
>> for a haskell logo, and not, e.g., giving away ten thousand dollars.  
>> Furthermore, since I assume we'll only be presenting reasonable logos,  
>> there's not even some room for pranksters to stage a "write-in" of some 
>> gag slogan.
> I suggest we do voting by email, and restrict voting to those who have 
> ever posted on haskell-cafe before 1 Jan 2009.  We could then have an  
> auto-confirmation scheme similar to mailing list sign-up where the  
> confirmation message is sent back to the originator to confirm their  
> identity, containing a verification link to click on.
> I realise there are flaws in this, but it seems to be (a) cheap to  
> implement and participate in, and (b) good enough.

Seems good enough. Who's going to tally the votes?

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