Horizontal cascades and vertical geo-locals

David Hilvert dhilvert at gmail.com
Sun Aug 2 19:03:35 EDT 2009

On Sun, 2 Aug 2009 14:45:26 -0700 (PDT)
Thomas von der Elbe <ThomasvonderElbe at gmx.de> wrote:

> Yes.
> And also for example: a vote-flow from A via B via C to D.
> In this case A´s vote counts for B´s draft, for C´s and for D´s.

This seems to naturally suggest that A's preference would be B > C > D, which
sort of preference could be resolved through systems such as Condorcet.

> Now, if A can vote (indirectly) for three different drafts, why shouldn
> ´t B be allowed to vote for his own draft.

I agree -- this naturally follows.

> Actually it would just be an expression of an already given
> circumstance to count his vote for his draft. Because since he drafted
> it, he must be for it.
> Or is there a theoretical problem with this (besides the technical),
> which I don´t see?

Given the apparent mapping from your suggestion to preferential voting systems
(such as Condorcet), the theory of the latter side has already been studied for
some time, with various practical implementations available.  (Furthermore,
your approach might assist in solving problems that might otherwise arise for a
delegate B in trying to decide between either further delegating his vote or
choosing his own draft, since under your plan, he can now do both.)

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