I do believe we need better tools to discuss RFCs and make decisions.
Right now, RFCs often get so many comments that GitHub collapses several hundred of them. However, RFCs are discussed on other forums, too. This means that nobody has time to read all the discussions on all forums.
I’m proposing a tool to file RFCs, discuss them, and reach a consensus. This tool could also be used for everything else that requires a decision by the community. In this tool, an RFC consists of three parts: The wiki, the feelings section, and the discussion. The wiki describes the RFC in detail and is editable by anyone.
In the feelings section, users can express their feelings (e.g. “this is confusing” or “this adds unnecessary complexity” or “nobody needs this” or “this would help me a lot” or “I prefer the syntax with the question mark”). Feelings consist of one sentence and can be voted on (totally agree / somewhat agree / somewhat disagree / totally disagree). The feelings are then sorted by how many users agree with them. They basically act as a survey that points out the most frequent concerns.
The comments section should be a tree (reddit-like) to allow structuring long discussions.
I’d like to know what you think about this, and what else you think is important. I’d volunteer to create this tool (but hopefully with some input and help).