Abstain is useful if there are conflicts of interest, or to indicate
preference either way, or as a result of confusion. I chock up more than
one abstain vote as an indicator the proposal isn't persuasive enough.
Indeed if everyone votes to abstain, that means the vote was premature/ill
advised and that the arguments in favor and against must be improved,
rather than literally do nothing.
Generally speaking yes, however deciding whether something is a blocking
bug (or not) will probably not fall into the category of premature or ill
advised votes. I assume that the vote will only take place when there will
have been at least some discussion about the problem, so people will
probably not arrive into a situation when "they would not know much about
Also, I assume that the common group of people who regularly attend the
blocker bug meeting are interested in casting the vote actually, so if they
do not, you could take it as a sign that the vote is not clear enough.
I am perhaps projecting something, but I usually do not understand people
who give up on their vote by placing an empty envelope in general elections
to show that they really do not see a difference between the two final
presidential candidates. I just believe they simply have not been
investigating enough. I think also believe that throwing an empty envelope
can be a sign that they do not want to take the responsibility to decide.
However, since it is legal in the Czech republic, I live with that.
The same holds true here, if people say that they want to be able to cast a
"0" for whatever reason, and we make it a legal choice, I will be fine with
that. Basically, to have or not to have a "zero" option in voting is
totally unimportant, when there are voices against asynchronous meetings.
So let's not waste time in arguments about the "immortality of the
cockchafer" as one of the Czech sayings says.
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