Trying to download OpenSTV from https://stackoverflow.com/election/2 doesn't work for me.

Clicking the Windows link redirects me to https://stackoverflow.com/error?aspxerrorpath=/election/download-openstv with a picture of a cute cat trying to fix the problem.

  • You should be able to get OpenSTV from here, but yeah I can repro the link being broken. Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 6:46
  • @CodyGray How do I download it without paying for it? :P
    – Benny
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 6:47
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    Oh, it's not free? Well then scratch that. Fooled by the name "Open". Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 6:48
  • @CodyGray Yeah, that is what happened with me also.
    – Benny
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 6:53
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    OpenSTV (version 1.7) is free software as defined by the terms of version 2 of the GNU GPL. See this for clarification.
    – user50049
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 8:22
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    @TimPost: I'm confused about that, the Downloads page talks about OpenSTV being only available anymore under a restrictive license, while saying that sourcecode is still available...and no link to that source in sight, but only the option to buy $99+ for it. I found a google project page, but that doesn't seem to house any source either. ... Ah, there it is, the SourceForge project...but that doesn't have any source, either. :/ I'm confused... Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 8:44
  • @Bobby It looks like they moved away from the GPL. However, any copy that you have which was given to you under the terms of the GPL is still covered by the GPL. This applies to the version that Stack Exchange makes available, AFAIK (Unless they're now distributing the newer version with the different EULA). I could, for instance give you my copy without worry, as my copy is covered by version 2 of the GNU GPL (which explicitly says, I am free to distribute the software in its original or modified form, provided I obey the license when it comes to conveying a covered work).
    – user50049
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 9:08
  • @TimPost: So, they did rip all their source from the internet? That sucks. ... As far as I know (no lawyer), GNU GPL can't be 'undone' in any way, so if you're still serving the GPL version, it's GPL. Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 9:10
  • @Bobby I'm not sure, in fact the only time I even think about OpenSTV is when we have an election. You are correct, the GPL can not be "undone", anyone having a copy of a version covered by the GPL can do whatever the GPL permits with their copy of that version. New versions seem to have a different license. What I don't know is precisely which version Stack Exchange is distributing, but I suspect it hasn't changed (still the GPL2 version (1.7)).
    – user50049
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 9:13
  • @Bobby I updated my comment, and the answer it references.
    – user50049
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 9:18
  • @TimPost: All references I can find seem to indicate that 1.6.1 being the last FLOSS version (Debian/Ubuntu packages, Torrents with the source etc.. But 1.7 seems to be last version distributed freely, though, it seems to have been scorched from the face of the internet (only vague references). Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 9:25
  • Hopefully, someone has a copy of the source to 1.7 (as I believe that is the version being distributed). You can't distribute it (modified or not) if you can't provide a downstream recipient a copy of the source, according to the GPL.
    – user50049
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 9:51
  • @TimPost: I'm unable to locate the 1.7 source, sadly. Seems like they nuked it from orbit pretty effectively. For 1.6.2 see the GitHub link in my comment on your other answer. Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 12:07
  • @SulfurizedDemonbobby: The SE version is the 1.7 binaries. The dmg contains a License.html that contains the text of the GPLv2 text. Stack Exchange is legally obligated to provide (I think?) provided they were distributing a version licensed to them under the GPLv2. But if they made an arrangement with the author beforehand, then SE is not bound by the GPL. Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 9:54

3 Answers 3


These were excluded during a recent build system change - they will be back shortly.

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    By now I know I shouldn't be, but I'm rather amazed that anyone noticed.
    – user50049
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 8:20
  • Do you have a copy of the source code for the version we're distributing? See comments under the question.
    – user50049
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 10:00
  • @TimPost no we don't have the source code Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 14:32

The error that comes is:

<!-- Actual error:

Could not find a part of the path &#39;C:\sites\stackexchange-network\content\downloads\OpenSTV-1.7-osx.dmg&#39;.-->

<!-- Actual error:

Could not find a part of the path &#39;C:\sites\stackexchange-network\content\downloads\OpenSTV-1.7-win32.exe&#39;.-->

Guess the fuzzy part which converts the link to a downloadable binary is broken :)



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