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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.

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  • (Score: 2) by freesword on Thursday April 24 2014, @07:56AM

    by freesword (1018) on Thursday April 24 2014, @07:56AM (#35398)

    I had no problem with the opt in system. Logged in, went to my preferences, checked the box. Confirmation notice would have been nice (this will be a recurring theme).

    First e-mail for submitting suggestions arrived fine. I had no suggestions to offer so no action taken. Again I will mention that for those who submitted suggestions a confirmation of successful submission would be nice.

    Second e-mail for initial vote ranking landed in spam folder. Marked it as not spam. Took a while to filter through the list of about 90 suggestions. Finally pared it down. Ranked the ones I liked best. I initially found the ranking of 9 best 1 least counter intuitive mostly as the reverse has been more commonly used in my experience but both ways have precedent and it was more a matter of which was most familiar. The instructions were clear however so this was not a problem. Could not reply from the address I received it at because Yahoo in their infinite automated wisdom thought there was something suspicious about the e-mail. A friend who frequents the IRC and had the same issue asked and was informed that reply could be sent from a different e-mail address so long as the original was copied in its entirety. Sent my vote in from another provider with no problem. Confirmation of successful vote would be nice.

    My biggest complaint is not with the voting system but with Yahoo. That aside the biggest issue I have with this voting system is the lack of confirmation of successful submission.

    The process took effort on my part, but not excessively so. Still this probably put off many people as we live in the age of one click checkout.


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