New home for this forum/community

I forgot to specify the output.

It outputs a weird ppm file (ppm is some weird type of image file that’s easy to create) that I have to then take to this online service that converts ppm to pngs (with a VPN so I can take advantage of their free trial system). Perhaps in the future I can also figure out how to make my program output a png instead of a weird ppm.

@RobBrown So do you think the new forum will be up before this one locks up? Because it would be nice to be able to use this forum redirect as many users as possible from it one to the new one while it is still up. If not, have you asked @fsargent or other members of CES if they can extend the lock date just a few weeks (if you can get the new one up in a few weeks)? Do you think that they would be willing to do that?

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Maybe could get @fsargent to leave a note at . Something like

“This forum is closed. CES no longer supports it. An independent forum for the community is here.”

I suspect there are a lot of people who will follow links or whatever to the forum in the future and we want the referral.


Hopefully the new one will be up pretty quick. Be sure to vote on the domain, at the very least, we’ll know where it will be and any note left on the old forum can point to the new one, even if the new one just has a placeholder page for a week or however long it takes to get things up and running.

And worst case scenario, the most recent thread posted to the old forum can be titled “here is where our new forum is located”.


I talked with Aaron of CES today, and emphasized the importance of keeping the existing forum URLs here functional over the long term, so I’m glad to see that Felix also was on-board with the plan to at least archive the current content of this forum in-place.
As the actual creator of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee famously wrote: Hypertext Style: Cool URIs don’t change.. And if they do have to change, they should at least be redirected in a useful way, to build on the momentum of all the people that published links to them. Remember - those are our people - out there on the web, linking to great content here about one of the most important things we deal with: how to make good collective decisions!

That is especially important for a site like this that isn’t crawled by the Internet Archive, since it is so Javascript-heavy.

It also sounds like they’ll be able to transfer us ownership of the google group!forum/electionscience in a de-branded way. That would also be important so we can direct people who end up a the URLs there towards our new forum.

I look forward to the new site. Thanks to all those involved!


Have we decided on a domain name yet? The forum is going to close in a few hours if CES sticks to their stated deadline, so we should probably either announce it or announce a place where it will be announced when we decide. Maybe we could announce it on since the new forum will be a coalition partner. @Sara_Wolf


Maybe we can agree to put up the final domain on electowiki. Make a page and add it here


OK, that sounds like a good idea. None of the other organizations have forum in the name so it should be clear which one it is.

That’s great.

What about the one over on Google? Can you convince Aaron and Felix to preserve that one as an archive as well, for the same reasons?

As I noted:

It also sounds like they’ll be able to transfer us ownership of the google group … in a de-branded way. That would also be important so we can direct people who end up a the URLs there towards our new forum.

But I haven’t heard the details from them yet.

Hi Forum Folks,

Yes, we’re happy to put out a blog post to promote the new forum for the websites ( and and also put it out on our social media and email blasts.

The poll results are in, but they’re not a great match with each other. In any case it’s a good starting point for us to know more about people’s preferences and make a final decision at the next meeting.

Url Winner- (Still have not heard back from CES on their feelings on us using Electoral Science so that’s a yes?)

Name Winner- Electoral Reform Forum (Try saying that out loud three times fast!)

Full results:

Top Compatible Options:

Does anyone want to call and host a next meeting? Maybe Wednesday or Thursday evening at 7:30pdt? If you can’t make either of those please suggest other times.


Sara Wolk


When I was putting the vote data into R, I noticed that was listed twice, and that the scores were not identical. Only 6 voters scored the duplicates the same.

I demand a chaotic recount that accomplishes nothing but produces a lot of drama for my entertainment.


Why doesn’t each individual election systems enthusiast simply create his or her own bbPress forum. This would promote much more independent thinking. These could easily be tied together in many various ways. See:

Webhosts that are seriously independent, which I recommend are:


I never have my domain names registered by the company that hosts my site, as trouble with hosting leads to trouble with registrations. I always strictly avoid the Big **Daddy company.

(It’s savvy to stay well clear of Google and similar giant censorial media corporations.)

URL results

URL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Record Mean Sum
1. X D3-12 D4-11 D6-9 T7-7 D4-11 D6-9 D3-11 D6-9 D4-11 D3-11 0-9-1 1.588 27
2. V12-3 X V9-5 V9-2 V9-4 D5-8 V10-4 T6-6 V7-3 D5-8 D5-8 6-3-1 2.944 53
3. V11-4 D5-9 X V6-5 V8-4 D4-11 V7-6 D5-8 T5-5 D3-8 D5-8 4-5-1 2.471 42
4. V9-6 D2-9 D5-6 X T6-6 D5-11 V8-5 T6-6 D4-8 D4-10 D5-10 2-6-2 2.25 36
5. T7-7 D4-9 D4-8 T6-6 X D5-9 T6-6 D5-8 D5-8 D5-7 D3-11 0-7-3 2.2 33
6. V11-4 V8-5 V11-4 V11-5 V9-5 X V10-2 V10-6 V10-5 V8-5 V7-5 10-0-0 3.235 55
7. V9-6 D4-10 D6-7 D5-8 T6-6 D2-10 X D7-8 D5-7 D5-8 D4-8 1-8-1 2.118 36
8. V11-3 T6-6 V8-5 T6-6 V8-5 D6-10 V8-7 X V7-5 D2-6 D5-9 5-3-2 3 54
9. V9-6 D3-7 T5-5 V8-4 V8-5 D5-10 V7-5 D5-7 X D2-8 D5-8 4-5-1 2.471 42
10. V11-4 V8-5 V8-3 V10-4 V7-5 D5-8 V8-5 V6-2 V8-2 X D6-7 8-2-0 3.235 55
11. V11-3 V8-5 V8-5 V10-5 V11-3 D5-7 V8-4 V9-5 V8-5 V7-6 X 9-1-0 3.059 52

(NAs not reflected in the table of pairwise matchups)

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You got your wish!

So… I got different results for the domain. I hesitate to share them I know I’ll be accused of cheating, since the one that I proposed seems to win. :slight_smile: I’d be super embarrassed if it’s a mistake on my part. Regardless, I share two Codepens, the first of which parses the CSV file, and the second which runs it under a bunch of methods. Under Score there is a tie, but all the other methods pick the same one.

Codepens: and

I could have messed up, so please check my work:

a[2] b[5] c[3] d[5] e[3] f[1] g[3] h[4] i[5] j[0] k[0]
a[0] b[2] c[1] d[1] e[5] f[3] g[4] h[3] i[3] j[3] k[4]
a[1] b[3] c[2] d[0] e[0] f[5] g[4] h[4] i[1] j[2] k[1]
a[4] b[2] c[4] d[1] e[3] f[5] g[1] h[2] i[2] j[2] k[4]
a[3] b[5] c[2] d[4] e[4] f[5] g[4] h[3] i[2] j[3] k[5]
a[4] b[3] c[0] d[2] e[3] f[3] g[1] h[0] i[2] j[0] k[5]
a[0] b[3] c[4] d[4] e[2] f[5] g[3] h[2] i[3] j[3] k[3]
a[0] b[4] c[2] d[2] e[5] f[3] g[3] h[2] i[4] j[3] k[3]
a[2] b[4] c[5] d[4] e[0] f[1] g[1] h[4] i[5] j[5] k[0]
a[1] b[3] c[5] d[0] e[0] f[5] g[4] h[3] i[2] j[3] k[5]
a[4] b[4] c[3] d[1] e[3] f[0] g[0] h[4] i[3] j[3] k[5]
a[0] b[0] c[0] d[0] e[0] f[0] g[0] h[5] i[0] j[5] k[0]
a[2] b[3] c[3] d[3] e[0] f[5] g[1] h[2] i[1] j[4] k[1]
a[1] b[4] c[3] d[4] e[2] f[1] g[1] h[4] i[4] j[5] k[4]
a[1] b[3] c[2] d[5] e[1] f[3] g[2] h[4] i[2] j[4] k[4]
a[0] b[1] c[3] d[0] e[2] f[5] g[4] h[3] i[3] j[5] k[3]
a[0] b[4] c[0] d[0] e[0] f[0] g[0] h[5] i[0] j[5] k[0]
a[2] b[0] c[0] d[0] e[0] f[5] g[0] h[0] i[0] j[0] k[5]

****** processed 18 ballots ******

****** Pairwise wins ******
f: 10
j: 8
k: 8
b: 6
h: 6
c: 4
i: 4
d: 2
g: 2
a: 1
e: 0
****** Score ******
f: 55 (3.0556)
j: 55 (3.0556)
h: 54 (3.0000)
b: 53 (2.9444)
k: 52 (2.8889)
c: 42 (2.3333)
i: 42 (2.3333)
d: 36 (2.0000)
g: 36 (2.0000)
e: 33 (1.8333)
a: 27 (1.5000)
****** STAR ******
f: 9
j: 6
****** Cardinal Baldwin ******
 ***** round 1 *****
    f: 3.0556
    j: 3.0556
    h: 3.0000
    b: 2.9444
    k: 2.8889
    c: 2.3333
    i: 2.3333
    d: 2.0000
    g: 2.0000
    e: 1.8333
    a: 1.5000
 ***** round 2 *****
    f: 2.8704
    j: 2.7500
    b: 2.7083
    k: 2.6852
    h: 2.6065
    i: 1.9861
    c: 1.9352
    d: 1.6898
    g: 1.6481
    e: 1.5602
 ***** round 3 *****
    f: 2.9167
    j: 2.8056
    b: 2.7500
    k: 2.7222
    h: 2.5880
    i: 2.0000
    c: 1.8380
    d: 1.6620
    g: 1.6389
 ***** round 4 *****
    f: 2.9167
    j: 2.8056
    b: 2.7500
    k: 2.7222
    h: 2.5880
    i: 2.0000
    c: 1.8380
    d: 1.6620
 ***** round 5 *****
    f: 2.9630
    j: 2.7130
    k: 2.7083
    b: 2.5694
    h: 2.4954
    c: 1.7454
    i: 1.7361
 ***** round 6 *****
    f: 2.9630
    k: 2.7083
    j: 2.6204
    b: 2.4769
    h: 2.4028
    c: 1.7454
 ***** round 7 *****
    f: 2.7778
    k: 2.7083
    j: 2.4815
    h: 2.2639
    b: 2.2454
 ***** round 8 *****
    f: 2.7917
    k: 2.7083
    j: 2.4815
    h: 2.0417
 ***** round 9 *****
    f: 2.7222
    k: 2.3380
    j: 2.1111
 ***** round 10 *****
    f: 1.9444
    k: 1.3889
****** STLR ******
f: 65.7500
j: 62.0000

Edit: here, just for fun:

It’s slightly interactive at:

The bar charts are… ummm, I don’t know what they mean. I did this matrix widget ages ago, please don’t look at the code!

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So we agree on score sum. I think the difference between my results and yours is that you treated blanks as scores of 0, whereas I treated them abstention.

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Yes I didn’t mean to say mine doesn’t agree with yours (I hadn’t noticed yours when I posted mine) – mine (and yours) don’t agree with the results posted above and shown in the spreadsheet.

This is all very confusing. According to the results posted by @Sara_Wolf the winner is In these results, was joint second last in the score phase of the STAR election and was nowhere near the run-off. There is also a separate thread declaring to be the winner, although reading down, that claim seems to have been retracted. But then also we have as the winner as above.

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Marylander and I both used the ballots from the spreadsheet and ran tabulations, and came out on top for both of us. (we did it separately, I hadn’t noticed his results when I posted mine) didn’t come out particularly close. But we did notice that the last ballot submitted was not included in the tabulations that had winning (and that ballot gave a 5 and a 0).

You are welcome to check my work in the two Codepens linked above.

I went ahead and got a few days ago based on preliminary information, simply because I hadn’t heard anything more and the deadline was approaching. Since the old forum is still working, and I haven’t gotten any final word, I’m just going to wait to finish up. I may not have a lot of time to work on it for a few days, so my hope is the old forum stays working for a bit more.

Edit: I relooked at the spreadsheet that looks like this;

The numbers at bottom are way off. I think they might be correct numbers, but with the names rearranged, ummmm… randomly? For instance, the numbers shown for add up to 50, not 36, should be 42 not 55, and should be 36 not 54, and should be 25 not 53. (again, this is before the final ballot which put at 55)

(one thing I find interesting: if you don’t count that last ballot as is the case above, remains the Condorcet winner and Cardinal Baldwin winner, however it is in 4th place as far as its Score tabulation, which means it does not win under STAR…)

Should be
(42, 36, 25, 33, 55, 47, 53, 54, 42, 50, 36)
So the numbers at the bottom are like a sorted version of this but with an extra 47 and without 25. The entries that weren’t in the runoff are listed in the order that they appeared on the ballot in the spreadsheet you screencapped. I can’t figure out how the two entries in the runoff were selected though.

This race might not be in STAR’s wheelhouse, as there are a lot of very similar entries.

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