[Mailman-Users] eVote-2.52b2 for Mailman released

Marilyn Davis marilyn at deliberate.com
Tue Oct 21 18:08:24 CEST 2003

Beta 2 of the open source software utility, eVote(R)/Clerk, has been
been released and is now available at

eVote(R)/Clerk has been an add-on utility for Majordomo since 1996
that has recently been enhanced to work with Mailman 2.0.13. It
provides functionality for taking polls among the subscribers of email
discussion lists.

This is a bug-fix release, where the path-finding code is more robust.
Also, instructions were added for configuring through Exim's runtime
configuration file.


   *  Enables any member of an email list to generate a new poll for
      the group.

   *  Polls can be:

         +  Public - where everyone can see everyone's votes, or
         +  Private - where no one can see anyone else's vote, or
         +  If-Voted - where everyone can see who voted, but not how
                       they voted.

         +  Numeric - where votes are from 1 to 10, or -10 to 10, etc., or
         +  Yes/No.

         +  Visible - where everyone can see the tally while the poll is
                      open, or
         +  Hidden -  where no one can see the results until the poll is

         +  Single item - or,
         +  Grouped items - where participants vote for one of a number
                      of choices, or for three of the choices, or they can
                      distribute their 100 vote points over the choices.

   * Supports petitions.  Petitions are generated and collaboratively
     administered by the members of a "petition" list.  Petition features:

         + Open for anyone to sign.
         + Supported in English, Spanish and French.
         + Can be:
             - Signature-only petitions
             - Petitions with voting items
             - Petitions with forms

The Linux Journal, <http://www.LinuxJournal.com>, the monthly magazine
of the Linux Community, featured an article about eVote in the March,
2003 issue.  On the Linux Journal website, Don Marti, the Journal's
editor says:

"On page 72, Marilyn Davis explains that true democracy needs both
elections and deliberation. Most systems offer one or the other, but
not both.  However, Marilyn's eVote system makes it possible for any
user of a Mailman-based mailing list to start a wide variety of
single-choice or multiple-choice polls. After the initial setup,
there's no need for an administrator."


Please try it out.

Marilyn Davis, Ph.D         marilyn at deliberate.com        -1 650 965-7121
Author of eVote(R)/Clerk                        http://www.deliberate.com 

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