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Experiment: poll on "switching to vim-tiny for standard vi?"

(Please followup to -project if you're replying on the subject of
holding polls like this -- the discussion on holding polls is not
technical, so does not belong to -devel. For opinions on nvi versus vim,
please reply elsewhere in the current thread, this subthread isn't the
place for it)

For the full discussion leading up to this, please start at

To repeat myself from

On Wed, Dec 21, 2005 at 03:45:51PM +0100, Jeroen van Wolffelaar wrote:
] I don't think it's easily possible to count on people contributing to
] this thread to be representative, [...] Looking at popcon, vim has
] about twice the amount of users as nvi, while nvi is the default vi,
] and vim is merely optional.
] I think this is an excellent question to phrase with a few options in a
] devotee-poll, and have people vote on it -- results being purely
] advisory, the poll just being informative, and any results updated live,
] rather than only after a delay. I think it'd be good to representative
] polls on a reasonably regularly basis -- close to the same
] representativeness, and stil much much more lighter than a GR, so easier
] to just do when some people feel a more clear idea of what the average
] DD thinks is needed than what one can gather from a mailinglist thread.

Because this is certainly not the first time I was curious on the
opinion of the so called "Silent majority" (if such beast exists at
all), I decided to simply try out this idea. Therefore, I've set
up devotee (thanks to Manoj for writing it!) on jeroen-poll@debian.org,
with results updated near realtime on
http://master.debian.org/~jeroen/polls/. To participate in the context
of the nvi vs vim-tiny discussion, please fill in the below ballot, sign
it, and submit it to jeroen-poll@debian.org. It's currently only
available to DD's, for practical reasons more than for any fundamental
reason -- being a poll, I do think that opinions of non-DD's is
certainly good to have too, possibly simply both tallied for DD only and
for 'all'.

This polling thingy works just like a "real" vote, except:
- It is a poll, a query to the opinion of people.
- As such, results will be public,
- and updated in near realtime
- There is no real deadline per se, as this is not intended as a
  decision making instrument, at best a decision-making support
  instrument. Some polls will simply stop being relevant at some point,
  or maybe will remain of continued relevance.

I'm curious how this pans out.

I intend to launch more polls when I get good idea's to hold one, so
let me know if you have one.

(Also found on http://master.debian.org/~jeroen/polls/vi/ballot)

This is an informal poll, conducted with DeVoteE much like the way GR's and
elections are done.

Do not erase anything between the lines below and do not change the
choice names.

Please fill in, and send to jeroen-poll@debian.org.

- - -=-=-=-=-=- Don't Delete Anything Between These Lines =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
[   ] Choice 1: Keep nvi as the default vi in base
[   ] Choice 2: Replace nvi by vim-tiny
[   ] Choice 3: Further discussion
- - -=-=-=-=-=- Don't Delete Anything Between These Lines =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


Jeroen van Wolffelaar
Jeroen@wolffelaar.nl (also for Jabber & MSN; ICQ: 33944357)

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