+1 vote here to "Issues vote"
@ZombieHippie and @leedohm, allow me a conceptual review?
The main purpuse here is perhaps
a system for ranking Atom issues by popularity (...) biggest issues are noticed first
so, it is a mistake to suppose that it is a kind of "exercise of rights" (!), it is only a statistical and communication facility. More persons lost less time using voting system, than using comments -- and reinforces objective topics, leting details to later, when (and if) the topic was accepted.
There are two very distinct communities:
the user community, that in this place is like a stakeholder body.
... It is not a formal body, only the sum of individual perceptions, but can gain some "collective existence" by
discuss.atom.io organization and dynamics.
Atom team (perhaps development community + "GitHub, Inc."), that is the "all rights" holder; but need to listen (only to listen) to the user community.
The Atom team is a formal body, and the holder of all project's decisions (issues organization and decisions)
(NOTE) "global Atom community" as a kind of "user community + Atom team", not exists (at this moment it is a "wispy body").
So, it is important to look the vote as an user community voting system, to turn its communication more simple, effective and transparent... The community want only to say, as a collective: "look, after discussing this topic with pluralist participation, we can summarize our preferences by this voting result".
There are near ~2 thousand issues, and a lot of issue-discussions here, all public and oriented to "listen to the user community"... Would be more effective to manage all this "listen stuff" with some feedback statistics, by a vote system.