A couple of weeks back I punted the idea of voting on design issues and it met with favourable response.
So let’s give it a go!
We have Julia 1.0 round the corner. So Winter '16 must be close to last call for major syntax revisions (yes?), but also this presents an opportunity for floating novel suggestions.
So, propose a syntax and make a poll:
[poll max=1 public=true] - Yay - Nay - MOO [/poll]
(Suggested maximum dose: one suggestion per post).
PS Be ever conscious of the natural tendency to reflex-vote for whatever is familiar (comfort zone). Whatever is proposed, evaluate it on its merits!
PPS I’m starting to question whether this is an appropriate format. We are surely going to want to debate the pros and cons of various suggestions, and it is going to become a giant mess if everything is on the same thread.
Wouldn’t it be better if we had a separate thread per suggestion, and the first post in the thread would be the actual poll? This would mean that discussion of the pros and cons could occur in the same thread. I think that would be better. But then I’m bit conscious of creating too much forum noise.
One possible solution might be to create a new ’Polls’ section/category. In fact that’s the best structure I can think of. Would an admin care to create such a category?
PPPS I really really think one idea/poll per thread is the way to go forwards on this. Collecting votes alone is at best worthless. The real value is exposing and challenging the logic behind the decisions which requires conversation. I’m rather sorry for starting this thread now, and I encourage anyone to start a new thread for each proposed topic. I think putting a poll in the initial post is nice idea; the votes should come to reflect the strength of the logical arguments that unfold in the ensuing conversation.