Slash Boxes

SoylentNews is people

posted by NCommander on Wednesday April 23 2014, @10:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the apt-get-install-democracy dept.
I wanted to get feedback on how the community feels about our current name vote. There have been some concerns that we've had relatively small percentage (~10 percent) of members register to vote, and wanted to see if there was something more fundamental going on. As it is currently setup, here's how things are
  • You had to be registered by April 12th to have been included in the name vote; if you received a ballot for submission, you should have gotten ranking ballot
  • We haven't retroactively added in additional users, though it hasn't been clear that there was a hard cutoff
  • The submission phase went until the 19th, and the vote for the name will continue until the 27th
  • The current system is email only (but we are looking at getting something integrated into the website implemented for future votes)

I want to hear your feedback below from everyone. Based on what we get back, we'll roll improvements into future votes, or if need be, reset the vote and do it again; I know a lot of you are active here or at least more involved, so the relatively low turnout is a warning canary for me. Leave your comments below, and expect another story in a few days to see how we're using your comments.

This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
  • (Score: 1) by Iskender on Thursday April 24 2014, @01:21AM

    by Iskender (470) on Thursday April 24 2014, @01:21AM (#35293)

    I'm not disrespecting the contributors, but those were noticeably less preferable to the average person when compared against the rest of the list. The list could have been reduced by half easily by removing those.

    I voted for one of the entries you mentioned. The other two are not very good, in my opinion.

    We're having a vote because we don't all have the same opinion. I don't think you're disrespecting the people who made those suggestions. But you might just be disrespecting the vote. You can't determine what "the average person" thinks before we've voted.

    The fact that you're dissatisfied with some of the options means democracy is much more likely to be at work.

  • (Score: 2) by edIII on Thursday April 24 2014, @03:08AM

    by edIII (791) on Thursday April 24 2014, @03:08AM (#35336)

    No, I'm not trying to be disrespectful at all.

    I just think the list was way too long and if they have an overriding vote anyways... why not just make the list shorter? The staff should be providing us with a list that is acceptable to all the people making code contributions at the moment. I hardly think that was the whole list.

    If it's an absolute requirement that every possible value be present than a different system is required that can deal with a higher number of possible selections and values.

    This was far from the ideal way to do it.

    Technically, lunchtime is at any moment. It's just a wave function.
    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by black6host on Thursday April 24 2014, @03:47AM

      by black6host (3827) on Thursday April 24 2014, @03:47AM (#35345) Journal

      Actually I fail to see the need for a vote at all. I don't come to this site because of the name. I come because of what the site is, and with hope for what it can become.

      That being said, just pick a name that is easy to remember and somewhat descriptive. No need to be cute. Get rid of all the angst and uncertainty, assign the site its permanent name and let's move forward doing what's really important (submitting, commenting, reading and learning.)

      Not to mention just look at how successful Facebook has become. And it has quite a stupid name, IMO :) Also, I don't think I've ever heard anyone say: Hey, check out this cool site, the name alone makes spending your time there quite worthwhile...

      Honestly I think we got all caught up in the BS of Dice's attitude and had a slight knee jerk reaction by trying to be all inclusive regarding naming the site. Let's keep the community aspect rocking and rolling and never forget how we ended up here. At the same time, let's not bog ourselves down, either.

      I'm sure the powers that be here can come up with something decent and then we all can move on to more important stuff.

    • (Score: 2) by egcagrac0 on Thursday April 24 2014, @08:22AM

      by egcagrac0 (2705) on Thursday April 24 2014, @08:22AM (#35403)

      I just think the list was way too long and if they have an overriding vote anyways... why not just make the list shorter?

      This is the primary election. We're currently voting on which candidates will be in the general election later.

      The list WILL get shorter, probably to about 10 possibilities. Then, there will be a final vote.