Currently, you can't tell if an idea isn't highly rated because it has escaped people's attention, or if people actually think it is a bad idea. Allowing people to vote down an idea would solve that. Bad ideas would be able to drop through the floor.

Comments

  • Yes, yes, yes. There are many things I've wanted to comment on and vote down!

  • Good idea. That would make it clear that 40 people want it, but 300 don't.

  • Please do comment on ideas with which you do not agree. It is very helpful to the original contributor, other users who might consider voting and, ultimately, to VersionOne to hear both supporting and contrarian views.

  • Would nice to see Vote for vs Vote against (thumbs up or down). We have more persons who would provide a vote but less likely to leave a comment. This will allow us to identify what is wanted and not wanted.

  • Agree would like an option to vote for or vote against separate from commenting.

  • A simple REJECT Status or DECLINE would be ideal and similar to this. I cannot believe that there is no way to "reject" an idea other than through comments

  • The official comment from VersionOne is the issue. Please want to comment for and against an idea and want to vote for and against it. This is the number one complaint in using Idea space at my company.

  • You should DEFINITELY track and display both the upvotes and the downvotes -- show both separately, and include a net rating.


    Both positive and negative comments are useful, but those won't show up directly on a comprehensive report of many issues. Up/Down/Net votes will. By also including "delta" (how far apart are the Up and Down counts), such a report could reveal some interesting things!

    Now, instead of just looking at the items with the most upvotes, you could also sample SOME of the items with the biggest deltas: why is there such a big disagreement over that particular feature?

    And could there be a better variant of that feature that would answer the objections of the downvoters?

    THAT could be a powerful way to discover features that would continue to set v1 WAY AHEAD of the competition.


    With such data, you could ALSO choose to browse through a sampling of feature suggestions that have very few upvotes but no downvotes. Again, asking WHY those features have attracted very little attention.

    (I once had a user in a forum suggest a feature: it attracted yawns but it became clear to me the user was light years ahead of everybody else in her thinking. Other users weren't interested because they didn't immediately see the extreme power and flexibility of her feature suggestion. We implemented it and our power-users LOVED it!)

  • Looking at the Planned tab, it is not clear how those four items, with such low votes, are planned or in progress, while others with hundreds of votes, have been outstanding for years. VersionOne should explain to the IdeaSpace community. Why vote at all?

  • Yes, and... consider adding "withdraw idea" for the requesting person.

    There appears to be a lot of "noise" in the IdeaSpace. Oftentimes suggestions are from those who miss seeing an existing feature, or who are suggesting features that do not align with better agile practices. Once others comment to clarify such ideas, the comments are just lost in the noise of a bunch of up-votes, making things "hotter" than they probably should be.

    Adding down-votes (and withdraw idea) will help balance these impacts and allow better ideas to rise higher in the list from practitioners.