I know we can “vote” on feature requests, but I have personally found the limitations on the voting to be quite annoying. Firstly, the limited number of votes means we have to constantly be re-assessing how we prioritise our votes. Secondly, they don’t really give a good way to oppose feature requests on the few occasions where we can see a negative overall impact. Nor to indicate ambivalence, although one could assume that not voting might be construed as such, but does that mean anyone who has not yet seen that feature request is (by default) ambivalent to it?
I had wondered if we could incorporate standardised polls into feature requests, either added to the original post (if moderators are allowed to do that) or otherwise added as a reply immediately by the moderator who accepts the feature request.
Advantages are that it can allow for everyone to vote for everything they would support, be able to show opposition or ambivalence to an idea, and for staff/dev to get a real perspective of the level of support for a feature request.
This feature request is therefore more of a test of whether that concept could work, and to gauge whether there is interest in doing this. The actual wording can be tailored to the type of feature request, or just left generic as in this example. It is NOT a request for a feature in iNaturalist itself, but a change to how we would “vote” for feature requests.
I’m not sure how accessible stats on these polls will be for staff and devs to review, so maybe after a couple weeks of this test we might find out if it’s useful?
TEST REPLACEMENT POLL ADDED BY MODERATOR:
- Yes please!
- No objections
- Maybe, maybe not (consider explaining below)
- Definitely not (consider explaining below)
- No opinion