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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 24 2014, @01:51PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 24 2014, @01:51PM (#35532)

    Is it really that hard for a site run by nerds to set up a fucking WEB PAGE to easily present the choices and register votes for people who have ALREADY logged in to the damn site? No, no, it's got to be as arcane and difficult as possible, because vote fraud.

    They're called "radio buttons"!

    My god it's as if they wanted no one to vote at all.

  • (Score: 2) by weeds on Thursday April 24 2014, @02:19PM

    by weeds (611) on Thursday April 24 2014, @02:19PM (#35546) Journal

    Nonsense. A lot of thought went into the voting system. Issues discussed covered ranking systems vs absolute systems, members vs non-members, getting it out quickly, etc. Anyone who was interested could have stepped on over to IRC and joined the discussion. The management has done nothing but try to include as many members as possible and be as open as possible in everything they do.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 24 2014, @07:48PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday April 24 2014, @07:48PM (#35748)

      It's "nonsense" that a voting system that allowed logged in members to vote right here on the site -- picking selections via radio buttons or checkboxes -- would have garnered MASSIVELY more than a 10% user participation rate, with less confusing and more accurate results, compared to this multilevel text e-mail catastrophe?

      If you seriously believe that, then there's no hope. You and the SN management are off somewhere outside reality.

      • (Score: 2) by weeds on Friday April 25 2014, @12:32AM

        by weeds (611) on Friday April 25 2014, @12:32AM (#35872) Journal

        The nonsense part was that the management of Soylentnews was somehow trying to keep people from voting. That, AC, is nonsense. That there might have been better ways to to it is quite possible. Contending that it is too hard to use as it is, also nonsense.