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[rpd] Guessing is not the way to verify information

Alan Barrett apb at
Fri Jun 6 17:43:08 UTC 2014

On Fri, 06 Jun 2014, Lu Heng wrote:
>nomination committee should apologise to me for telling me who I am.

On the one hand, NomCom's job is to take in nominations and to 
output a short list of candidates for the ballot, and they don't 
need to give reasons for a decision to omit any candidate from the 
ballot.  On the other hand, if they do give reasons, then they 
should expect the reasons to be scrutinised.

If a candidate fails to provide some required information, then I 
think that the nomination committee should contact the candidate 
at least once to request the information.

Also, if any of the information provided by a candidate appears 
to contradict information known or believed by the nomination 
committee via some other source, then I think that it would be 
reasonable, though not necessary, for the nomination committee 
to contact the candidate to give them a chance to explain.  In 
this case, it would have been reasonable for NomCom to send a 
message saying something like "Your nomination said you lived in 
Seychelles, but we have heard that you live in ${other_country}, 
please could you clarify?"

--apb (Alan Barrett)

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