A conversation on a (hijacked) Facebook thread has thrown up a conundrum: to rank or not to rank candidates you don't like in STV elections.
There are differing views.
I recall a presentation from an electoral officer, demonstrating the iterations of STV computations, that suggested it was better not to rank your enemy, rather than ranking them lowly. If you rank someone, you risk transferring some of your single vote to them, hence helping them get elected.
Others, including our resident electoral boffin, Graeme Edgeler, think this is daft and disagree. They've tried to explain in narrative form why I must be wrong. But I'm not yet convinced.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to demonstrate who is right. And best that the proof shows some example iterations or other evidence that proves or disproves one of the views. We're not going to resolve this debate merely through a voice vote!
This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds. Well, perhaps once we find an answer...