Admittedly I’m mixing metaphors and comparing apples with oranges regarding petitions, but all I’m saying is that if something (such as this issue) is put to the community for a vote, then that vote should be honoured.
Otherwise, why bother having a poll in the first place? I am getting mixed messages here, as I think others may also be getting.
After there was some disagreement of ideas, I kind of liked the poll. It allowed others to chime in without having to side with anyone. … of course understanding it was just trying to gauge the feeling in this particular thread and not necessarily the deciding factor behind anyting.
I took it to be a “straw poll” - ie an ad hoc or unofficial vote. But I think to avoid confusion in future it might be best to avoid using these, or at least make it very clear that it is unofficial. It can obviously be confused with the petition process.