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Branch naming: should we vote off the island?

From: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:13:07 +0100
Message-ID: <50C9B843.8010107@w3.org>
To: public-html-testsuite@w3.org
Hi all,

the branch naming issue that we've been having is as much of a 
bikeshedding issue as it gets. The reason why bikeshedding issues are so 
resilient and time-consuming is because they can never be argued 
technically or properly proven. People who understand the various 
options and aren't confused by them are nevertheless agitating on behalf 
of others who might be confused. Unless we do proper marketing research, 
we'll never know if a representative sample of our constituency gets 
more or less confused by one option or the other.

To be honest, they'd probably be most confused by the fact that we're 
spending time on the issue in the first place.

It so happens that we actually do know of an efficient way of 
dispatching bikeshedding options: it's known as Dino's Survivor Vote, 
named after Dean Jackson who came up with it, based on his fascination 
with the TV show "Survivor".

The idea is simple: a number of bikeshed colours are list. All 
participants vote for the option they *hate most*. The most hated option 
is kicked out of the island, and we iterate until there is only one.

Since I don't care about the options but do care strongly about moving 
on, I would be happy to take the time to organise such a vote.

Any objections?

Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon
Received on Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:13:20 UTC

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