Vendors should get a vote too? What do you think?
The IT Skeptic is considering introducing something soon that allows public voting related to products. I know of vendors rorting such a system by requesting all staff to vote for that vendor's product.
A big company can add several thousand votes from people who are not objective or in fact have no idea about the product in question but are loyal or obedient. Now, this is not a democracy. Democratic voting is about justifying taxation* (oh and making people feel included too I guess). This voting is about achieving a useful objective result, so not everyone gets a vote by right. I believe vendor vote-rigging is the biggest issue facing product-related voting, especially in a niche like ITSM where the total vote numbers will not be huge.
So I see the options as
- only registered users vote (on the assumption that fewer staff will be bothered registering)
- block the vendor domains from voting (fewer of them will vote from home as it takes more effort to remember and they are less pressured)
- ask the vendors on their honour not to vote (no seriously)
- don't worry about it - just have to live with it.
*personally I believe it should be $1 paid in taxation = 1 vote but we won't argue that here.