The first few questions decided by vote

We’ve now had the first 5 questions that were decided by a vote:

Buddypress, Wishlist, S2 and Mingle

Headspace2 for Custom Post Type Problem

Need help finding stylesheets for customization.

Position in WordPress

Change of blog roll presentation

In every case, there was only one voter, and it was the asker, so these questions were resolved just like questions have always been resolved.

If you scroll down to the bottom of those questions, you will see who voted on any given question (you can only see this list once voting is closed).

All voting is public. For instance, here is Andrew Behla’s vote.

In the past, about 1 in every 8 questions were abandoned by their asker, who would never come back and pick a winner. In those cases, what usually happened was that the expert who was expecting money would write to me, and ask me to assign the money. I was always happy to do so, but I feel it is more fair if you, the experts, decide these things for yourselves. You now have the power to do so.

You can see all the questions where voting is currently in progress.

From what I can see, the voting is working correctly, and money is being given to the winning experts. If you notice any anomalies, please let me know.

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3 Responses to The first few questions decided by vote

  1. Denzel Chia says:

    Hi Lawrence,

    First of all, thank you for implementing all this wonderful additional features in such a short time frame.

    I have 2 suggestions for your next round of work on software, hope you can consider implementing them.

    1) The explanation on top of pending questions page about window period for refund, needs to be changed to 2 days instead of 1 week, so as to reflect your latest update on the software.

    2) If possible, please put a red font or any kind of indication, for questions that are not voted by asker, which falls into voting in progress page after 2 days window period. So that we know it needs at least on vote to decide the winner. However we should still vote only if there is a working solution, if not we should let it fall into community pot.

    I hope everyone that has a power to vote, exercise it cautiously and wisely.


  2. Just Me says:

    I am not sure people understand what is going on and use vote while they mean to use assign.

    To be honest I had no idea what was going on either when someone said he had rewarded my answer and no message about that arrived in my mailbox. Then he said he voted for me, which doesn’t turn out to be the same.

    So I don’t think people are using the voting system because they like it but just because they think that is the way to use the system.

    I have not asked a question on this forum so I have no idea what it looks like, what people can choose from if it is totally clear what they are doing and what the consequences are.

    Maybe I mistunderstand the system but I am not sure I like it that much.

  3. Lawrence Krubner says:

    Just Me,

    Thank you for writing. To answer your questions, there is no difference between “vote” and “assign”, unless you mean “assign” in the old sense we used to use on the site. Nowadays, everything is decided by a vote, there is no “assigning”. However, for the overwhelming number of questions that have occurred during the last few weeks, the only person who voted was the person who asked the question, so the end result was the same as before: the asker assigned 100% of the money.

    People are using the voting system because it is the only system that exists on the site.

    This is an experiment and we will continue to refine the process as we learn more.

    There is more information here:

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