Why I didn't vote
- I'm too new here to understand it well (I'm actually in negative numbers on Super User)
- The candidates (which I saw) put their statements in the same size text, something like a microprocessor data sheet, which required prohibitive amounts of time to read. If any candidate used formatting, I did not get down to that point; as the wall of text became too long, didn't read, and I just closed the screen.
- I am currently faced with a solarbanite problem at work, which only I can solve. The brass are asking for twice daily updates while I am working 11, 12, and 13 hour days, hoping to keep my job. (This writing is a 15 minute escape to try to maintain my sanity)
- I would rather have the active knowledgeable participants vote instead of a clueless newbee like me, as I am (really, this is not a copout) scared of endorsing someone whose views and actions are "wrong" (i.e., not like mine)
At this moment, my goal is to get my questions answered. I immediately saw the value of Stack Overflow (and the other stack exchange sites) within one day, and I have made it a personal goal of mine to one day answer more than I ask.
I think it's great that the folks running stack exchange set the voting qualification at 150. The facts are, it was too much thinking for me. As for the second item in my list (i.e., tediously composed introspective text walls) I suggest, next election, that any candidate for office consider these possible options to appeal to more voters (if that's important)
USE FORMATTING OPTIONS
Sub-headings with two or three sentences of details under them help to really clarify, simplify, and communicate far more effectively than large paragraphs of standard text.
Connect with groups
Try to identify at least two, and preferably three or four, clear categories of users. State your points about what your intended actions will do to enhance the place for them.
Connect with the individual
No matter what group may be ascribed to my or your personal participation here, we are individual humans. Make a short section for the individual, and why your proposed actions will benefit Norman Normal.
See how it changes your thinking just by changing the way the words appear in front of the reader ? These are my suggestions for a better next time. Hope this is worth something to someone. Now back to protecting the universe from solarbanite.