When the initial Area 51 voting system's problems started to become apparent and the SE team decided to (quite drastically) change it, they said "
Feedback is welcome!" (actual citation from Joel Spolsky here).
The feedback, of course, varies; but it has been basically of four main types (from worst to best):
- "Oh sh*t!"
- "This is just wrong."
- "I tried it and it has some serious problems."
- "We'll eventually get accustomed to it, but it isn't exactly wonderful."
The most relevant point here is, there hasn't been even a single enthusiastic response to the new voting system. "It's just great!" is the only feedback that nobody actually gave.
I don't know what the SE team thinks about this, but such a negative feedback would have made most people re-examine very carefully the changes they had just introduced.
The problem is, I don't know what the SE team thinks because there has been no feedback at all from them: they changed the voting system, asked for feedback from the community, then simply disappeared. There has been responses (mainly from Jeff Atwood) to bug reports and feature requests, so someone certainly is reading posts here... but nobody directly addressed the issue of how this new voting system has been received by the user community.
Ok, I'm just going to ask what's actually going on here.
What's the SE team's position about this?
Do they acknowledge the new system has been mainly received with rejection and frustration?
Are they going to do anything at all about this?
And, basically, do they really care about the community feedback?
I'm looking for official answers here. Even "we love it and we'll defend it with our own lives" would be a lot better than just no answer at all. "We're working on it" would at least be a sign that, well, they're working on it.
I sincerely hope this post does not look like a flame; this is definitely not what I mean. But I really think some explanation is needed here.