There have been quite a few discussions about a method of rationalising the idea board to minimise duplicates. I'm going to bore everybody again with yet another idea that may help keep the boards tidier.
I'm suggesting that an idea goes through a screening process before officially becoming a new idea.
Stage 1 - idea is posted which allows for comments but no kudos.
This means the idea can be checked for duplicates and allows people point out flaws that the poster has not foreseen. If it is a duplicate, then (as now) it can be marked as such and if anyone thinks further kudos are merited then the original idea will get these not the duplicate. If not a duplicate it can have it's status changed to 'new idea'.
Stage 2 - New idea as now, with kudos and further comments allowed.
However there would already have been a chance to point out obvious flaws with the proposed idea.
Benefits as I see it are that posters are more likely to check for duplicates before posting an idea as no kudos will be allocated to a duplicate. The hot ideas boards doesn't get clogged up with duplicates and kudos only go to the original idea. Since all ideas have to be checked for duplicate status anyway, it might not require much more work to do it this way.
I'm hoping this is a relatively simple idea to implement as it just includes current technical facilities anyway (just requires an additional status and the ability to remove the kudos facility at that stage).
Thanks (and I hope I haven't fallen foul of the duplicates rule myself )