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On "election-methods-list", we discuss the nitty-gritty details of single-winner election reform, the relative merits of different proportional representation systems, and the technical underpinnings of all election methods. "election-methods-list" discussions tend to be technical in nature (or at least, very laden with jargon, with the ultimate goal of providing recommendations and educational material to the electoral reform movement. Those that want to have in-depth discussions about the technical subtleties of election methods can use "election-methods-list" to discuss those things without fear of reprisal from those who aren't interested.

Code of Conduct

Please come prepared to defend the statements that you make, and to directly answer the questions that others ask of you. This list was set up to increase communication between people interested in new forms of election methodology, not as a sounding board for those who wish to drown out opposing views with prolific repetition of statements already made. When conflicts arise, please use this list to understand fully why the other side feels the way they do by honest intellectual inquiry. And when those who feel differently than you are trying to understand why you feel the way you do, please answer as honestly and directly as possible.

Hopefully this is all common sense, but sadly not common enough (hence the reason for this message). In summary, please ask, answer, and be humble.

Frequently Asked Questions List

The closest thing to an official FAQ this group has is the Electoral reform jargon list, which is a collaboratively edited Wiki page. If there's information missing from that page (as of 13-April-2002, it's pretty sparse), please add to that list. Additionally, there are a number of unofficial sources which define many of the terms used on the list:

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