That’s the latest word from Borobudur. Here’s a message from Mu-Sick, who is there, and it sounds pretty authoritative to me:
Of the 4400 or so participants at Interhash 2012, only 2374 voted. A strict procedure was set up for voting Friday and Saturday night, which included arequirement for every vote to be cast in person by the participant, theparticipant’s registration number on the ballot (which was then cut off whenthe vote was cast), indelible ink placed on each voter’s index finger, and the vote stub cut off the IH wristband. Of the 2374 votes cast at IH 2012 Borobudur, Indonesia, 59% (1401 votes) went for Hainan. There were 125 votes for Fiji and 848 for Brussels. Since Hainan won over 50% on the first count, there was no second count to determine how many that voted for Fiji would have gone to Brussels or Hainan as their second choice. Hainan will host IH2014 in March 2014.
One Facebook commenter said she hoped this wouldn’t create a great schism in the hash, but as I recall we already had a great schism: it happened after the 2010 vote, when Java edged out Mombasa for IH 2012, and the Africa bidders and their supporters decided to hold their event anyway. They declared it a second InterHash and scheduled it for the same weekend as Java. Two weeks later, they backed down, rescheduling it for an earlier weekend and giving it another name, but still … it was a schism, and the Mombasa event was a de facto alternate InterHash.
When I attended IH during the days of GM-only voting, there was a widespread perception that the system could be abused to ensure desired outcomes. Indeed, I was a voting GM when Cyprus appeared to pack the room with phony GMs pledged to vote for Cyprus. Maybe that’s what it took to finally pry IH from Asia’s firm embrace … I honestly don’t know … what I do know is that at the time many of us campaigned for a rule change allowing all IH attendees to vote.
Now that all IH attendees have the vote and Asian venues are winning all the bids, people are saying they warned us, that they told us the result would be what’s happening now. I don’t remember any such warnings, but hey, in hindsight I suppose the Asian onslaught was predictable. Still, if Westerners made up the majority of Cyprus attendees, how is it that IH returned to Asia next time around, and once it was back in Asia, how in hell did Goa and Cardiff ever manage to get the nod?
It is what it is. I still think allowing all IH attendees to vote is the fairest method. I don’t think a “different continent” rule is going to get traction. I think what’ll happen is what happened this year: one official InterHash and one de facto competing InterHash on another continent. We are in the age of multiple InterHashes. You can see it as a great schism and protest against it, or you can accept it as the new reality.
Higgins always said Brussels would hold a world event in 2014, regardless of the outcome of the vote in Java. I wish Hainan well, and based on the great things I’m hearing about the Java InterHash, I’m sure they’ll put on a great event too. And so will Brussels. I can maybe afford to go to Europe; China is beyond my budget. I, for one, will have to accept the new reality and make hard choices. But really, was it ever different?
Update (5/29/12): Lost of discussions on the boards, Facebook, ect (but not HashSpace — why is it hashers refuse to use the forums on HashSpace?) about IH voting and bidding. I’m off to the Gypsies in the Palace 1000th, the Northern California coast, and the wine country for a few days; when I get back I’ll summarize some of the discussion here. Meanwhile, on on to San Francisco!
Update (6/9/12): Got an email from Mu-Sick today telling me that after the vote in Kuching, the Africa event organizers rescheduled the Kenya event so as not to conflict with IH 2012. At the time many IH attendees reported that Kenya and Indonesia would be held on the same weekend, but that was apparently sour grapes; after the vote Kenya organizers rescheduled their event for the weekend before Indonesia and announced it as a prelube. I’ll stand by my great schism comment, however … from the average hashers’ point of view, Kenya was an alternate InterHash … not many of us can jet off to Africa for a prelube and then fly halfway around the world for an IH in Indonesia the very next weekend.
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