Looking at the issue of Commitment Loss on Area 51 - I don't see any way for people who have committed early, to restore their commitment points, except by dropping and re-committing to the proposal. Which seems a bit gamey... Could we get a refresh button added, that would allow them to periodically re-commit? And maybe even send them email when their commitment contribution gets reduced?
I'm not opposed in principle, but I think in practice:
- a workaround already exists for the extremely passionate users (uncommit then recommit)
- only a small percentage of committers would use this
- the overall impact would probably be <1% for a proposal (since the adding the decay dropped proposals at most 10%, and I doubt more than 10% of committers would come back to renew).
Either make it so they can refresh, or make it so their points won't increase if they uncommit then recommit.
The reason commitments are aged is so that slowly stumbling proposals aren't launched. I'm not sure that just because people come and refresh their commitment, the proposal has any more likely of a chance of surviving than if we didn't allow them to refresh. Does activity on area51 correlate to site success?
Alternately, the commitment aging may not be performing the job it's meant to do. It could be that we need to reverse it, and say the longer a proposal has been in the commitment stage, the more commitments are needed, thus resolving both the zombie proposal problem and the gaming aspect of refreshing one's commitment, but in a straightforward and understandable manner.