I would like to bring up the topic of the voting procedure for a theme.
Many ideas have been presented in the appropriate thread, and I personally think it wouldn't be difficult to narrow the long list of ideas down to a shortlist of, say, four choices. Keeping this in mind, and seeing as Uwe wants to start voting on Friday (I think that's what was said), the following is my proposal for the voting procedure, with timeline:
Wednesday: Last day for discussion/presenting of new ideas/themes
Thursday: Topic review, culminating in the agreement of a 'shortlist' of ideas to vote on. I propose this be four ideas, but from the look of the general feelings of MOST that have been active in this project so far, we may decide to only vote on two.
Friday: Poll opens and runs for one week only, with people allowed to vote only once (I feel that being allowed to vote on multiple choices is a bad idea for various reasons. If you like two ideas, vote for the only you like best, and if the other gets through then you're still happy!)
If the pole happens to end with a really close result, there are a few options:
1. The idea with the most votes, even if it only ended with one more vote, wins
2. Uwe decides
3a. A second vote with only the top competeing ideas from the first poll available (this, of course, would not be an option if the initial poll ended up having only two options to begin with). If this option was decided on, I think it running for a week would be a waste of time. Only run it for the weekend immediately proceeding the original vote.
3b. As above, but restrict the vote to those who have been most active in the project so far, and are more likely to understand the merits of the competing ideas and be most likely to play an active role in the whole development process (I think this idea may not be popular to a lot of people who prefer to read rather than write but who are still following the project very closely).
4. Laco decides (but this may feel to some, including me, to be contrary to the whole point of this exercise.)
Anyone have any other ideas?