Yahoo has launched a new public voting system on their Suggestion Boards which lets users contribute, comment and vote on feedback given by Yahoo users on different Yahoo Channels.
Yahoo Suggestion Boards is a smart way for Yahoo to gather and prioritize user feedback from their half a billion registered members.
Yahoo employees monitor the discussions, and respond to suggestions or prompt members for extra feedback within the Boards’ comments.
Yahoo also uses a Digg-style voting system to let users vote on their favorite suggestions; “Digg-style voting means we can quickly discover what’s most important to users. In addition to reading feedback from other users, you’ll find responses from Yahoo! employees about the issues.“
There is currently a story on Digg.com about Yahoo ripping off Digg which has led to thousands of immature & hypocritical Diggers spamming and tearing apart the Yahoo Suggestion Boards with spam about Yahoo ripping off Digg.
Kevin Rose needs to step up and stop this irresponsible mob scene nonsense.
Digg can no longer be used as a breeding ground for such malicious behavior and targeted hitlists.
Using Digg and its community as an attack tool is wrong.
The irony is that Yahoo Suggestion Boards are nothing like Digg. They only use Digg-style voting, which has been commonly adapted throughout the web, to prioritize user feedback.
- Users cannot submit offsite articles or stories, only suggestions and feedback for certain Yahoo channels.
- There is no social news sharing.
- There is no burrying.
- There is no marketing of the service.
- It’s more of an internal tool than anything.
Yahoo should be commended for using Digg style voting in a way that is beneficial to the Yahoo support and feedback teams.
Now, Yahoo can prioritize feedback more efficiently and if you have 100’s of Yahoo users voting on one suggestion, it’s probably worth paying attention to.