Very few things will change in the day-to-day operation of the suggestions community under my direct management. I have been working with coffeechica in the role of an understudy during these past sixish months.
Some things that will change:
Up until this point, posts in the suggestions moderation queue requiring detailed staff attention have been listed for staff attention, then addressed by staff from the community moderation queue. However, since there will no longer be day-to-day staff review of submissions, things requiring direct staff intervention will be rejected and directed to feedback.
The profile will be updated. If you have feedback for what should be in the profile, please comment!
The life cycle of a suggestion will be overhauled to describe the new suggestions process. Some details of the new process are still being worked out, however, the past few years have seen a step away from presenting groups of suggestions to staff for direct and formal review, and an increase in staff attention to the community.
With that in mind, I will be making periodic roundup polls for all interested watchers to vote on. This will give more visible results for staff about what people think of the ideas themselves, and how much priority people think developers should assign to which suggestions. (This may also reduce the number of +1/-1 comments to individual suggestions, and keep the discussion more focused on the suggestion itself.)
I am currently planning the following format for polls. If you have feedback on what could be done differently, this is a great time to give it!
If only one of the suggestions from this list were to be implemented, which one would you choose?
How much priority do you think XXXSUGGESTION1LINKXXX deserves? 5 is most, 1 is least.
How much priority do you think XXXSUGGESTION2LINKXXX deserves? 5 is most, 1 is least.
How much priority do you think XXXSUGGESTION3LINKXXX deserves? 5 is most, 1 is least.
How much priority do you think XXXSUGGESTION4LINKXXX deserves? 5 is most, 1 is least.
How much priority do you think XXXSUGGESTION5LINKXXX deserves? 5 is most, 1 is least.
How much priority do you think XXXSUGGESTION6LINKXXX deserves? 5 is most, 1 is least.
How much priority do you think XXXSUGGESTION7LINKXXX deserves? 5 is most, 1 is least.
How much priority do you think XXXSUGGESTION8LINKXXX deserves? 5 is most, 1 is least.
How much priority do you think XXXSUGGESTION9LINKXXX deserves? 5 is most, 1 is least.
How much priority do you think XXXSUGGESTION10LINKXXX deserves? 5 is most, 1 is least.
The XXXSUGGESTIONLINKXXX bits will, of course, be replaced by actual links to the suggestions. I am aware that the planned format does make for hard choices when it's a set of 10 really really awesome suggestions, but since there's not enough developer time to go around for all the awesome things we'd like to see LJ do, sometimes this does mean hard choices. Should there also be a "none of the above" choice for which to implement, for rounds when there are no suggestions that appeal?
How long should a 10-things poll remain open? A week seems too short, and a month does too, since things get passed around slowly and pick up support; I'm thinking a maximum of 3 years, or whatever the cutoff for historical entries is.
If you have feedback on other ways you might like to see things done differently in suggestions, or can think of something that you can do to help out, this is also the best time to let me know!
(And I know I'm probably preaching to the choir, but remember that "feedback" means that it'll be taken into consideration, but not necessarily done exactly that way.)