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Community Wishlist Survey 2022/Larger suggestions/Votewiki/SecurePoll are not fit for service/Proposal/en

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  • Problem: Votewiki & Securepoll (V&S) are currently failing to meet several key requirements of communities demanding secure electoral capacity. Worse, yet, they are even less well suited to the impending increase in demand (such as new Arbcoms being encouraged into being by the Universal Code of Conduct) and variability in electoral methods (potentially the U4C, likely the Global Council, etc etc). Example issues include, but are not limited to: inability to handle simultaneous elections in different languages; extreme user-unfriendliness for Single Transferable Vote with more than a few candidates; lack of a tied-candidate mechanism for the STV option; difficulties in adding additional voting systems; the system is also technically fragile, with major bugs impacting elections requiring WMF staff activity to resolve.
  • Proposed solution: There have been discussed interim solutions (Such as creating a second vote-wiki to allow for two simultaneous elections), but they are just that, interim. A significant scoping work and re-development across the board would be needed, rendering this well beyond the Wishlist team's capacity.
  • Who would benefit: Every community that has non on-wiki elections, but especially every voter and every candidate
  • More comments: Everyone should feel free to add phab tickets below, as appropriate. I've not directly added the issue of struggling to find trusted/qualified individuals to scrutinise elections as that's not strictly a system issue.
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: Nosebagbear (talk) 15:14, 18 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]