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Prioritizing questions in Together

asked 2014-03-30 01:28:51 +0300

Neo gravatar image

Besides voting for questions, it would be interesting if members could give their priority to questions.

After voting up a question, one could give a priority number (from 1 to 5, like rating system) so every question would have an average number that would represent the priority of this question to the members of Together. This could be an indicator to Jolla about what the members would like to be prioritized.

I don't know if this idea is feasible.

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Since there are several thousands of questions, and many thousands of votes, I don't think the difference in ranking according to a 1-5 scale would differ very much from the ranking from an 0/1-scale. A 1-5 scale would give each vote higher precision (a lot higher precision from the individual voter's perspective), but much more precision in ranking comes from the vast number of votes. The disadvantage of a 1-5 scale is that it becomes harder to cast a vote, it is no longer a simple "Do I generally like it or not?", it becomes "How much do I like it, really?". That may diminish the number of votes cast, in the end actually lowering the precision of the voting system.

00prometheus ( 2014-03-30 04:49:38 +0300 )edit

I don't see the point at all. The voting system is in place to do just that: Give priority to certain questions. Questions with 200 votes have priority over those with 2 votes. An average number on whatever scale (1-5 or 1-10 etc.) doesn't mean anything.

ossi1967 ( 2014-03-30 16:33:56 +0300 )edit

@ossi1967 Let's say you voted for questions https://together.jolla.com/question/291/folder-support-in-app-launcher/ (396 votes) and https://together.jolla.com/question/7144/jolla-randomly-shuts-down/ (205 votes), but the one with less votes is much more important in terms of priority (it is critical because you can not use your phone properly) so you would like to outline that.

Neo ( 2014-03-30 18:40:11 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-03-30 04:57:11 +0300

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updated 2014-03-30 05:00:45 +0300

Rather than a 1-5 scale, I suggest adding other dimensions to the voting, perhaps a vote regarding if the question is critical to the user or not (i.e. the phone can not be used as a main device without it), or other such specific factors. It would then be possible to find the questions that most people deem critical, rather than questions which most people simply like (such as feature requests) or agree with (such as bug reports).

If it were possible to vote on whether a tag belonged to a question or not, then votes for the 'critical' tag for a question could do the job.

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answered 2014-03-30 14:18:22 +0300

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Priority is intrinsic as each of us has a limit of votes per day. Sadly, that system isn't working so well as Jolla can't keep up (too many questions, too many people).

What should happen in my opinion is that we get fewer votes for a specific time period (call that a day, a month, whatever), so that we can't vote for so many things at the same time. When we get to that stage, we'll have to remove votes from one question to put them into another one that is more important to the individual, and there you have your priority. Most bug tracking systems work like that anyway. In fact, bug tracking systems have a priority sometimes, but that's set by the Development teams.

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