Focusing on upvotes has unintended negative side effects. It shifts the thought from 'if' to 'when'. The oldest (and probably the features you don't intend to implement) end up accruing the most upvotes, and people see that as ignoring the user.
Encourage discussion about the user's true problems, the impact, and the use case. Pin topics that you're interested in so that users can see them first. Need this info after the fact? Email the users who haven't commented to get their input too.
More info to help prioritize
Collect more than just the upvote. Add a quick question or two to accompany each feedback submission to help triage and prioritize your backlog. Our selection of golden questions is the easiest way to get started.
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