[mb-automods] (Ab)using auto-edit to break a tie
philip at foolip.org
Wed Mar 28 21:26:28 UTC 2012
On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 22:56, Andii Hughes <gnu_andrew at member.fsf.org> wrote:
> On Mar 28, 2012 9:09 PM, "Geof F. Morris" <gfmorris at gfmorris.net> wrote:
>> Rob's right: another set of (hopefully experienced) eyes can never hurt.
>> Geof F. Morris
>> Cell: +1 (256) 527-8152
>> Sent from my iPhone. This will explain my brevity or any typos. It will
>> not excuse anything stupid that I might say.
>> On Mar 28, 2012, at 14:05, Robert Kaye <rob at eorbit.net> wrote:
>>> On Mar 28, 2012, at 12:02 PM, Philip Jägenstedt wrote:
>>>> This list isn't used much for discussion, but here goes. In
>>>> http://musicbrainz.org/edit/13543534 I said that "If the vote ends in
>>>> a tie I will cast the final vote and re-apply it as an auto-edit."
>>>> However, http://musicbrainz.org/doc/Code_of_Conduct is very clear on
>>>> this: "Auto-editors *must never* use their privileges to decide
>>>> disputed edits in their favor."
>>>> Do people think that granting oneself a vote to break a tie is abuse
>>>> of power? I'm inclined to say yes, because the voting system is
>>>> designed to fail on ties, presumably to prevent flip-flopping. I would
>>>> expect a reprimand if I by-passed that.
>>> I see nothing wrong with you finding another auto-editor and having that
>>> person make the tie-breaking decision. It might not go in your favor, but
>>> you wouldn't be flouting any rules. :)
> I've voted in favour of the edit. I realise I'm not ideal to do this, as I
> don't read Chinese, but I've voted on the same general point as nikki; this
> seems to be less about the data here specifically than the general issue
> (which has come up before) of how closely we follow release covers. I don't
> see any argument there for retaining the status quo other than it matches
> the main cover, while there is a strong amount of evidence for change.
Thanks Andii and the others who commented. Resolving it by plain
voting is of course preferable, hopefully no super-powers will be
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