So right now the suggestions board is an utter mess of crude poorly patched together suggestions by people who didn't read the stickies with a few gems and some potentials that aren't quite there scattered about.
I see several problems I'd like your thoughts on:
1. The Duplicates - So you come up with an idea for something you'd like to see in minecraft, you have a great idea for it, you even have a potential model envisioned for it. You've read the stickies and are ready to put it to paper, but just to be safe you check the already suggested list...and there it is, your idea, only not. It's a terrible, mess of an idea and what's more, it's umpteen pages long already, so adding your 2 cents to the lot would just bump their idea and bury yours. Or, in another scenario, it's been suggested a dozen times, admittedly not the exact same way, but the same idea.
Right now I don't see there being a good system in place for dealing with the duplicate ideas. Any ideas, O my brothers?
2. The Offenders - Specifically, what to do about the folks who are just making the situation worse by posting and reposting the same stuff, not using the search bar, not reading the stickies, burying the good threads under a tidal wave of digital sewage along the lines of "OBSIDIAN TOOLS!!", "Guncraft", and "Mob Suggestion: Herobrine!". Personally, I'm in favor of giving the individuals who fail in this regard a mandatory short vacation from posting to give them time to acquaint themselves with the rules, but then I'm a cranky mean *******, so let's hear what you folks think on the matter.
3. Volume - There's simply too much stuff to wade through.
If this is to be useful in the actual development of minecraft, it needs to be something that the developers can potentially look through and readily find stuff to add that's good and relatively complete. We need something to thin the herd, whether it's a new pack of moderators whose job it is specifically to clean out the rubbish, or a system whereby the community can bring out what's good and bury what's bad. Right now folks are basically using sigs and bumping to accomplish this, but this leads to those threads that are fifteen pages long and difficult to get in any useful suggestions or criticism on. Any alternatives?
4. Gormlessness - One of the problems is not knowing what to do, how to do it, or where to start in the search to find out the other two.
I'm thinking we should have some sort of resource so that directs folks to exactly the sort of software, information, and art resources they'd need to contribute to their utmost. If folks are trying to give good suggestions on adding stuff to minecraft, maybe they should have the resources needed to make an informed and well fleshed-out suggestion?