[Talk-GB] Voting mechanical edit: UK shop names

Dan S danstowell+osm at gmail.com
Tue Nov 4 15:59:32 UTC 2014


2014-11-04 15:20 GMT+00:00 Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net>:
> Matthijs Melissen wrote:
>> I therefore think inviting list members to vote in order to make
>> the position of the community explicit - in addition to taking
>> comments on the mailing list into account, not as a replacement
>> of it - is the safest way to proceed.
>
> On reflection, it would be more helpful, and less controversial, if you were
> to describe this process as a "poll" rather than a "vote".
>
> A "vote" is traditionally used to move to a binding decision. A "poll" is
> seeking to gauge the level of support, often as a piece of supporting
> evidence for a wider case. In this case I hope you'll agree the latter is
> more appropriate.

Nice suggestion. One could even call it a "straw poll" which hopefully
makes it even more obvious that it isn't a binding vote?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_poll

Best
Dan



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