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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: A question about existing practices
Date Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:27:48 GMT
On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 5:22 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 5:11 PM, Donald Whytock <> wrote:
>> On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 5:03 PM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>>> My take away from the thread was that the preference is not to do
>>> anything, and in effect continue to ignore the votes.  Whether they
>>> are reset or ignored is immaterial to me.  I'll just work on better
>>> and more accurate ways of getting user feedback, that are not
>>> dependent on Bugzilla votes.
>> Well, you can do both, sort of...showcase the item with the most
>> votes, perhaps in a blog post, or a regular ML/forum feature,
>> effectively asking: "Is anyone still concerned about this issue?  Is
>> anyone prepared to take ownership of this issue?"
> Won't work.  If you ask a group of people that question and say that
> the issues already received many votes, then they will replicate that
> result due to anchoring bias:
> So of course you'll see them say that the issues are still important.
> We're seeing that bias even today.
> But the problem is our most frequently-requested features today,
> namely iOS and Android support, are not even listed in Bugzilla as
> issues.
> So my approach will be to not use Bugzilla issues at all.

Sorry, I should mention that I have no objections if you want to do
something else.  But IMHO if you do not reset the votes then it will
take another decade for a RFE from today to have the same opportunity
for votes as an issue from 2002.  So going down that path is a
exercise in futility as far as I can tell.  Better to start from
scratch with a well-designed survey.  That's my preference and choice,
but I don't want to force it on anyone else if you have a different
approach that makes sense to you.


> -Rob
>> If the answer appears to be no to both, wipe out its votes and see if
>> it creeps up again.    Then proceed to the new most-voted item.
>> Lather, rinse, repeat.
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