Election-methods mailing list
This is the official homepage for the election-methods mailing list.
On "election-methods-list", we discuss the nitty-gritty details of single-winner election reform, the relative merits of different proportional representation systems, and the technical underpinnings of all election methods. "election-methods-list" discussions tend to be technical in nature (or at least, very laden with jargon), with the ultimate goal of providing recommendations and educational material to the electoral reform movement.
Those that want to have in-depth discussions about the technical subtleties of election methods can use "election-methods-list" to discuss those things without fear of reprisal from those who aren't interested.
Code of Conduct
Please come prepared to defend the statements that you make, and to directly answer the questions that others ask of you. This list was set up to increase communication between people interested in new forms of election methodology, not as a sounding board for those who wish to drown out opposing views with prolific repetition of statements already made. When conflicts arise, please use this list to understand fully why the other side feels the way they do by honest intellectual inquiry. And when those who feel differently than you are trying to understand why you feel the way you do, please answer as honestly and directly as possible.
Hopefully this is all common sense, but sadly not common enough (hence the reason for this message). In summary, please ask, answer, and be humble.
Frequently Asked Questions List
Most things discussed on this list should be documented on Electowiki.
Additionally, there are a number of unofficial sources which define many of the terms used on the list:
- The Wikipedia project is working on Wikipedia:WikiProject Voting Systems
- Phil Hunt once maintained the Voting Systems FAQ, which he posted periodically to the alt.politics.elections newsgroup, among others. It hasn't been updated in quite a while, though.
- The Election Methods Research Group has a high-level overview of election methods and the definitions associated with them.
- Blake Cretney has set up an election methods resource page that also provides some useful definitions.
- Mike Ossipoff composed an explanation of single winner methods.
- The Netscape Open Directory Project Voting Systems page has a pretty complete list of alternate voting systems. Google also carries Open Directory with page rankings (very cool feature), so you can see the ranked version of the Voting Systems Category.
Note to Yahoo! Groups users
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Though Yahoo! did a great service by archiving this group, over the years, they've made it less and less obvious that this list does not originate there. As a result, people think they are officially subscribed to this list, but in actuality, they were not. Please subscribe via Electorama, and/or use the technique below (email free subscription) if you wish to post without receiving email from the list.
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There are several archives available for this list:
- Electorama.com archive - This is the official archive for this list, which has all postings back to the starting of the list in 1996.
- The VA Linux Mail Archive service (mail-archive.com) carries everything back to 2000, archived here. Messages from March 2003 and later can be found here.
- GMane maintains a great archive of the election-methods list. They have a great web interface, and additionally have an NNTP feed which can be read using standard Usenet news reader software.
The election-methods list is maintained by Rob Lanphier.