Where Are the Vote Reports?
You’ve probably noticed that the vote reports have stopped here on Developers.win. Unless of course you don’t care about them, then you haven’t noticed them at all. 🙂 These of course were a side project of mine based on the Xaml-console based application that ran on a weekly basis, tallying the latest vote totals from numerous Microsoft UserVoice forums.
What happened? Well, I had a massive environmental refresh here in my life — both digitally and organically. It all started with a weird anomaly that I encountered with a project I am working on, and some results that were just not expected or explained in Benchmark.NET. This led to a full analysis on my environment, on which I realized it had essentially been the same machine and install of Windows for nearly 3 years (!). That is, I installed Windows 8.0, then upgraded to 8.1, then to Windows 10 where it was that day when I made the realization. Furthermore, the machine I use has been a hyper-v server, then condensed into a regular workstation, so all sorts of bizarre artifacts were hanging around.
But that was just the beginning. From there, it spiraled into my personal life, where I took a hefty inventory of all the things in my life, most notably the storage that was “just sitting there” drawing $100/mo from me. This fact paired with a neighborhood garage sale two weeks removed from the realization made for a good challenge to clear out the sucker and boil down to the essentials, which I did. I highly recommend this for everyone, as its therapeutic value is immeasurable.
So, essentially, I’ve been out of pocket for two months and have returned with a new environment and perspective of sorts. While the vote reports were nifty, I do not think much value was gained from them. Besides, all the important votes have been captured and accounted for now. The Ubiquitous .NET Client Model vote is #2 currently of all time open issues. Can’t complain about that at all. I don’t think any weekly nagging is going to help here, and might even have the opposite effect.
Now, back to the code…