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Re: Bug voting? (in Bugzilla or whatever)



This does nothing to avoid the problem: only technical users bother with
the bug database, or mailing lists, or irc, or whatever.  Adding voting
to the bug database is just giving more voice to the people who already
have it, and not do anything for the people who don't.

On Sun, 2003-07-27 at 23:45, Robin Green wrote:
> There was some discussion on the rhl-devel-list about how we can know
> how many people want something / don't want something, given that
> posters to a mailing list are likely to be unrepresentative of the
> general userbase, for a variety of reasons.
> 
> Well, one thing that seemed to work for java.sun.com - as a means of
> gauging demand - was allowing voting in their bug database. Although
> the extent to which they actually listen to it is debatable.
> 
> I think it "worked" in their case because (a) they had a lot of
> serious bugs(!) and missing features that people wanted, (b) they
> have a vast number of users who are also developers and clued-in
> enough to file a bug report / feature request.
> 
> Javasoft use a vote limit of 3 to prevent overvoting (one person
> having undue influence). That seems a little small, but it certainly
> forced voters to focus on their 3, or 2, or 1, most important bug(s).
> 
> I propose enabling voting for all users in the bug system (Bugzilla
> or any future replacement thereof). Votes would obviously not be
> binding, but they could be taken into account at Redhat's discretion.
> 
> The ability to vote against a bug/RFE[1] would also be useful to avoid
> one-sided voting. (This is currently a RFE in bugzilla's own bugzilla
> at http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=48570 .) Voting against
> a feature would mean "I don't like this"; voting against a bug would
> mean either "This isn't a bug" or "Too much important stuff which
> assumes the existence of this bug would break, if this were fixed".
-- 
Sean Middleditch <elanthis awesomeplay com>
AwesomePlay Productions, Inc.




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