How is this voting board limited to voting only during certain time frames? This voting should be open all the time.
Brad Evans, I think that this suggestion is related to the one in which I previously tagged you. In short, I think that the process behind the ideas section of the Community is a bit unclear to those of us who do not work for Blackboard. What I know is that sometimes some things that have been submitted as ideas are available for voting. Sometimes some of these submitted ideas are marked as "under review," and are not available for voting. And sometimes product enhancements are attributed to having been suggested in the Community site. What I don't know, though, is:
I'm wondering if some sort of regularly updated spreadsheet presentation of ideas "in the hopper" might be possible and desirable for all.
(ps. I'm tagging the Community guru, Marissa Dimino on this for consideration in the larger conversation about ways to UDX the Community site itself.)
Hi, Kimberly Gibson and Ian August. The decision to not have open voting for all ideas all the time was made to ensure that you're only voting on ideas that we may be able to move forward with in the next quarter or release (in the case of Original environments) and so that your votes would have the most timely impact on our development. At a high level, we hold quarterly planning cycles so I have been running the voting periods to coincide with our internal planning. That way I can share the results of voting on ideas we would be able to begin development on in a time frame that allows us to be responsive to the community's input. We felt it would be more impactful this way than to have the community vote on ideas that we wouldn't be able to deliver for a long time or on ideas that for business or other reasons we would not be willing to develop.
On a couple of Kimberly's questions: Yes, there are ideas which we recognize as desirable but are not acting on yet. I would include these in the For Future Consideration stage. If you go to the Ideas page, then click the Content link in the toolbar, you can filter to view all ideas in the For Future Consideration stage. That is where you can view the ideas that I'd consider "in the hopper."
Yep, this all makes sense, and sounds to me as if it provides you with the most useful information based on the company's design cycle. Thanks so much for the additional clarification!
In my view, if I wanted the most votes, I would keep voting open all the time. To limit voting, is to limit input. This has two consequences, you do not have full input from the community, and your message to the community is, Blackboard seeks limited input.
And that you say, you only allow us to vote on things you are able to move forward on seems like a limitation of Blackboards culture ambitions. If I had a company and a million clients asked me to change something, I would change it, to meet market demand, to make my clients happy. I would not set limitations. Does Elon Musk set limitations?
Keeping voting open all the time is a win win. You can still pick what is reasonable for Blackboard to change while still obtaining the most feedback you can.
Dream big. We are all counting on you.
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