This is a tough task because all ideas are appreciated but only a few get implemented. Some ideas are good, some ideas are bad, some ideas are good but difficult to implement… as a moderator it’s your job to bring the best and most feasible ideas to the top of the list so that developers can easily look at them and make a difference.
The two major points of any ideas are:
- Would implementing it be a plus for Linux Mint?
- Could the developers allocate the resources necessary for the implementation?
Ideas which match these two criterias should find their way to a developer and that’s the main reason the idea module was created.
The other aspect of this is user contribution. Whether it’s a bad idea or a good idea which doesn’t fit the direction of the Mint project or even a good idea which fits it but is hard to implement, it’s important authors understand their idea is appreciated.
The idea module was updated:
- The review process now involves both moderators and developers
- Moderators can now review form and content separately
- Moderators can now delegate decisions to developers when they are unable to assess the pertinence or feasibility of an idea
We now have 10 statuses for ideas:
- Under review
- Under dev. review
Statuses are described in an effort to underline this appreciation. So for instance, a bad idea and an idea that is good but unlikely to be implemented get the same status, and this status isn’t “rejected”, but “considered”. The fact that an idea is good or bad isn’t important, what’s important is that we appreciated it being submitted and that we assessed whether we were planning on implementing it.
Moderators are encouraged not to comment ideas or discuss them with their authors, unless they seek clarification or missing content. As a moderator you’re responsible for the progression of the idea and you assess its status. Authors necessarily think their idea should be implemented since they submitted them in the first place. It is not your place to agree or disagree with them, but simply to change their status according to your own ability so that they either get processed or get highlighted to the developers.
Here is some help to help you change the status:
- The graph at http://community.linuxmint.com/img/statuses.jpg describes the different statuses.
- In the graph, the decision appearing in orange is done by a developer.
- Exact duplicates can be deleted (if somebody double-posted by mistake for instance), whereas ideas which express similar content should be marked as “considered”.