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posted by NCommander on Wednesday April 23 2014, @10:00PM   Printer-friendly
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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.

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  • (Score: 1) by Bob The Cowboy on Thursday April 24 2014, @03:31AM

    by Bob The Cowboy (2019) on Thursday April 24 2014, @03:31AM (#35342)

    The name submission email did not, but this one went to spam. I didn't see it until just now. I use gmail, fwiw, so I'm willing to bet this applies to a lot of folks. Also, my eyes just sort of gloss over things like the banner on the side, so I didn't even think to look for the email.

    Some notes:
    The (entire) process is pretty cumbersome... not impossible, but definitely a deterrent for something that should be simple. Why not (as others have said) a set of dropdowns in the users profile pages? I get that it isn't trivial, but its probably how you'll want to do (previously mentioned) future votes.

    Waaay too many names. I would have been fine with the staff narrowing it down to 20 or so.

    For better or worse, probably most people are just fine with the name.

    You should run a poll (yes, I know the issues/caveats): "Should we vote to change the name? [Yes/No]" If the 'Yes' camp can't muster 25%, just move on. It's just not a big enough deal that I would expect someone would stack the vote.