SV: [Pmwiki-users] PITS Priority

Patrick R. Michaud pmichaud
Tue Dec 14 06:46:27 CST 2004

On Tue, Dec 14, 2004 at 12:34:16PM +0100, Hugo Fjelsted Alr?e wrote:
> I added the following sentence on the PITS page:
> "Please put higher votes before lower to make the sorting by priority work."
> This should help the "wiki principles work their magic", I think :-)

Thanks, but I'm going to remove it, as I fear it may actually confuse or 
deter people from voting.  To me it's much more important to get the vote, 
in any sequence, than it is to make sure the votes are sorted.  If it's
*really* important that the PITS votes be sorted, open a PITS entry for
it and let's vote on making that part automatic.  :-) :-) :-)


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> Emne: Re: [Pmwiki-users] PITS Priority
> On Tue, Dec 14, 2004 at 07:00:54AM +0100, Laurent Meister wrote:
> > isn't it possible to sort the priority numbers of PITS Issues?
> > 
> > Sometimes the author of the Issue didn't give a high priority to an 
> > Issue, but other Users do. An Issue with the Priority 25555 will never 
> > appear at the top of the PITS list even if it has the highest priority.
> Well, in some senses it doesn't really matter what appears at the
> top of the PITS list because I don't really work on issues in priority
> sequence as given by PITS.  The priorities that are there just help me
> (and others) gauge community interest in a particular issue or feature,
> but they certainly aren't "binding" in any sense.  Also, my normal
> practice is to review every PITS issue that has any form of update--
> even just a vote--so I still see all those '5' votes even though
> the issue isn't moved to the top of the list.  
> I can see how sorting the votes might cause important issues to bubble
> to the top where other potential voters may be more likely to notice
> them (and thus more likely to add their comments or votes), but as far 
> as directing my efforts the sequence in which things appear in the PITS 
> list is *much* less important to me than the number of votes an 
> issue receives, the distribution of weights, and the difficulty /
> desirability of addressing the issue consistent with other
> PmWiki goals.
> But I think that we can just let wiki principles work their magic here--
> if an issue has a '25555' vote and you think it needs to appear higher
> on the PITS list, go ahead and "shuffle" or "sort" the votes that are
> there for that issue to something you think is more appropriate, like '52555'.  I think things will naturally work out without needing a fancier sort
> criteria.  One could even change the weight of a vote they've already made,
> although we should certainly leave others' vote weights intact.
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