or other ways to get user opinions
So, I'm sure most of you are familiar with Dell's IdeaStorm site:
I just thought- how cool would it be for Stardock to have something like this as a way to provide input on game development (especially in new games) and patch releases?
I've thought about some of the pros and cons to this as well. Obviously it would require programming, administration, and financial resources to pull something like this off, so they'd need to be behind the effort. BUT, I see it as paying dividends to the programmers as being a way to introduce new features/ideas that are very important to a large group of people.
In a similar vein to how the US Congress works, this could be like the House of Representatives, where majority rules (since the more the votes, the higher something goes up in rank). The forums would act as more of the Senate, where people hash through more particular issues that might be *very* important to a few people but maybe most people wouldn't think to vote on that issue or fully understand its implications. It's not a perfect analogy, but you get the idea.
That'd rock to see a voting method out there for "What do you want in the next patch?" and the community could contribute and vote up the really good ideas. When I saw Brad's post about "What do you want in 1.03", it had well over 20 pages of feedback (!), with a lot of it being repeats or unrelated comments. Plus, developers could chime in on specific issues to keep the community updated.
I can't imagine this hasn't been considered already, but what do you guys think? Stardock/Ironclad?