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On Sun, 2018-08-26 at 15:26 +0200, Richard Brown wrote:
Would this same principle of openness apply to the membership votes? Both the election of Board members and any other special voting (such as those for constitutional change)?
I imagine such a suggestion to be apocalyptic to community harmony, with Board members ignoring those who voted against them and favouring those who voted for them, with groups of members bickering amongst each other for voting contrary to their opinions.
Many countries, even with very open democracies, have secret ballots for this very reason, to ensure that the electorate can vote based on their internal, personal views, without worrying about public reprisals for their decisions.
Again, jike the jury analogy, you're conflating the responsibility put on an entire democratic community with the expectations placed on people who self-select to be the public decision makers.
Those who have responsibility thrust upon them should have a reasonable expectation of anonymity for their decision. Those who choose to run for office, who _self-select to be more public about their decisions_ have an obigation to share them.
If one doesn't want to make their opinions public, for whatever reason, they should not run for office.
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