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September 7th, 2009
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2010 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund Race (Brian and I are running)

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From:jeffreyab
Date:September 8th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
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What is the definition of a "Known Fan?"
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From:foms
Date:September 8th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Are you now or have you ever been...?
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From:gary_farber
Date:September 30th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Practically speaking: you know someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who knows a current administrator, up to the point where the administrators decide it's gone too far, and whomever the current administrators are get to decide their own policy on this.

I don't know that anyone's vote has ever been excluded. It's there to prevent ballot-stuffing by someone going to all their co-workers and relatives and anyone they meet on the street, etc., who haven't actually committed any fanac in any possible way. It's not an effort to make sure Only The Right Kind Of Fans Can Vote, honest. If there's any doubt and cause, typically past administrators have just asked the voter to put down either the name of someone they know who is a well-known fan, or mention some type of fanac they've done.

This is only my own explanation, and in no way do I speak for TAFF.
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From:netmouse
Date:September 30th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
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I believe his question was just about the requirement for being *nominated* by a known fan. But thanks for the explanation...
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From:gary_farber
Date:September 30th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
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Oh, right, sorry.

I was absent-mindedly thinking of the line that's almost forever been on the bottom of the ballot: "If you think your name may not be known to the administrators, please provide the name and contact details of an active fan (not a fan group, a candidate, or their nominator) who is known to them and who is willing to vouch for you:"

Practically speaking, as you said, and as you know, Bob, there's what could be referred to as "fan politics" in whom you ask to be a nominator, in that you want to choose people whose endorsement will maximise the attractiveness of your candidacy.

Otherwise the same explanation I gave as regards voting applies.
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