So, the vote
is over, and Stefano won.
During many past DPL elections, I’ve made my vote public, and this
one is no different:
V: 1223 597c362e6156ec7e37b334837161da26
That’s me, in this list.
Obviously I wouldn’t run if I’m not serious about it, so I voted myself
first. As to the other part: I thought long and hard about that, but
eventually came to the conclusion that both Stefano and Gergely had
properties as a candidate that I liked, and properties that I didn’t
like, and that therefore I couldn’t prefer either of them over the
other. I found Gergely’s platform to be fairly similar to my own, which
is a good thing; but there were a few details that made me have some
pause about his candidacy. And while I stand by the things I said during
campaigning about Stefano as a DPL, the truth is that the project could
be far worse off than to have him re-elected.
As to the outcome… I can’t say it’s entirely unexpected. I knew it
was a long shot even before I started, and then campaigning didn’t
excactly go as I would have hoped. I expected to lose, but not by such a
margin—what Stefano did wasn’t winning, it’s called ‘trashing the
opposition’. Congratulations, zack, for a truly exceptional performance;
and thanks, also to Gergely, for being a worthy opponent.
In closing, I’ll say that I don’t think I’ll run again. I’ve gone
through the process three times now, and have never gotten very close to
winning; this probably means that what I feel about the position of DPL
is somewhat removed from what the project as a whole thinks about it.
So, absent some radical changes in either the project itself or in the
way I look upon it, another candidacy from me is highly unlikely.
I guess I’ll have to find other ways to spend my time…