This document is part of the Martian Time Boneyard. It was originally located at http://www.geocities.com/sotosoroto/marsvote.html.
Author: Mark Knoke

... MarsVote ...

An outline of topics we're voting on


Beginning of the Epoch:

(voted Oct. 14-20)

2000 Gregorian (creation of calendar/millenium alignment) -- 25%

120 Gregorian (1000 Myears before 2000 Gregorian) -- 25%

2002 Gregorian (creation of calendar/millenium alignment) -- 17%

1976 Gregorian (Viking 1 Landing) -- 17%

1 Julian (4000-something BC) -- 17%

Majority Consensus Summary:
Want alignment with Gregorian millenium -- 67%
Don't mind having negative years in recent history -- 58%


Existence of Year Zero:

(voted Oct. 21-27)

Yea -- 70%

Nay -- 20%

I don't want to talk about it -- 10%

Majority Consensus Summary:
Of the 70%, 86% wanted year zero to be before the first year
Of the 70%, 14% wanted year zero to be the first year of the epoch


First Day of the Year:

(voted Oct. 28-Nov. 3)

Vernal Equinox (traditional!) -- 50%

Winter Solstice (traditional!) -- 23%

a week or two after the Winter Solstice (traditional!) -- 18%

Perihelion (traditional!) -- 9%

Majority Consensus Summary:
50% want the year to start in the Northern Winter, as it does on Earth.
50% want the year to start in the Northern Spring, as the astronomers measure Mars's year.
91% want Mars's calendar to have a tropical year and not a sidereal year.


Perpetual:

(voted Nov. 8-14)

Yes, please (Weeks align with both months and years) -- 50%

No! (Let those weeks wander!) -- 25%

Sort of (Weeks align only with the year) -- 13%

I still don't want to talk about it -- 13%

Majority Consensus Summary:
63% want day X of every year to be the same day of the week
50% want day X of every month to be the same day of the week


Perpetual Add-Drop:

(voted Nov. 9-15)

Additive (Correction days outside the week) -- 57%

No Opinion (There are more important issues!) -- 29%

Subtractive (Correction days taken from the week) -- 14%

Majority Consensus Summary:
57% want intercalary days not part of the weekly cycle


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