From memory, the changes to the WG rules were quite rushed. The intention was to make a few amendments, but many of the rules had to be completely reworked. I don’t know that every single change was communicated in an itemised way in the forum but the reworked rules were available for everyone to read before it was put to a vote.
I know that each time we used ranked choice for steward elections, the process left a lot to be desired. In removing the requirement to use ranked choice voting, I wanted to leave it to the metagov stewards to choose the voting method. Perfectly happy to specify the voting method and tighten up the WG rules if we land on a method that works well in the upcoming elections.
Candidates are ranked following the outcome of a vote, based on the number of votes they receive. This is true irrespective of the voting method used. The person with the highest number of votes is ranked number one, the person with the second highest votes is ranked number two etc.