As you have probably seen, we have an ongoing discussion about a proposal for gathering information from Fedora Linux systems to help the desktop-team make data-driven decisions.
One of the most controversial aspects of this is how we obtain user consent — whether that is “opt in” or “opt out”. In the ensuing discussion, it became clear to me that this term has different meanings to different people, which adds to confusion in the conversation. @cassidyjames has a nice post about this and I’m borrowing his terminology here.
Please note that this is a “straw poll”, to get a better sense of sentiment, not a referendum or official vote. FESCo is an elected group, and it’s their responsibility to make decisions like this. And, in any case, a web forum poll is far from scientific approach. There is self-selection bias, and can be influenced by the wording.
Added note, about a day after opening the poll: on the topic of wording: @ittechnodrone quite fairly points out that the text I copied to describe “explicit out-out” would be better as “until a user is presented with the dialog” rather than “sees this choice” — we can’t know if someone really sees the option or overlooks it.
Also, with data privacy the topic of the day, I should note that even when Discourse polls don’t publicly show who voted, that information is available to administrators (e.g., me). I don’t intend to do anything with that information, though.