[EM] SARA voting: easier-to-describe MAS

Jameson Quinn jameson.quinn at gmail.com
Tue Oct 25 13:07:17 PDT 2016

I've tweaked the wording for SARA again. The only substantive changes in
outcome from this new wording is the change from "50 points or more" to
"more than 50 points".

Here's the latest wording, in 3 steps:

Support Accept Reject Abstain (SARA) works as follows:

   1. *Voters can support, accept, reject, or abstain on each candidate.
   Default is abstain. Candidates get 2 points for each percent of "support"
   and 1 point for each percent of "accept", for a total of 0-200 points.*
      - *"Support" the best candidates (perhaps a quarter of them),
      "reject" the worst (perhaps half of them). "Accept" and "abstain" are for
      the ones in the high middle range. For those, "accept" if you
want to help
      them beat somebody worse, and "abstain" if you could live with
them but are
      hoping for somebody better.*
   2. *Eliminate any candidates rejected by over 50%, unless that leaves no
   candidates with over 50 points.*
      - *If possible, the winner shouldn't be somebody opposed by a
      majority. But this shouldn't end up defaulting to a candidate
who couldn't
      at least get accepted by over 1/2 or supported by over 1/4 (as in, a
      majority subfaction of a divided majority, such as Nashville
voters in the
      example below).*
   3. *Highest points wins. In case of a tie, fewest rejections wins.*
      - *This finds the candidate with the widest and deepest support.*

2016-10-22 18:24 GMT-04:00 Jameson Quinn <jameson.quinn at gmail.com>:

> Support Accept Reject Abstain voting works as follows:
>    - Voters can support, accept, reject, or abstain on each candidate.
>    Default is abstain.
>    - Call a candidate "acceptable" if they are rejected by 50% or less
>    and supported or accepted by over 25%. If any candidates are acceptable,
>    eliminate all who aren't.
>    - Give remaining candidates 2 points for each "support", 1 point for
>    each "accept", and half a point for each "abstain". Highest points wins.
> This moves a bit away from the Bucklin roots of MAS, but it further
> reduces the instability of cooperation in a CD scenario.
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