I've watched NYCGA use them and it seems to make things flow much smoother. Because they are non-binding I could see where they could be used without even the need to vote and I'll give an example.
A person or committee submits a proposal. We could call for a temperature check right then and there to see where we stand. If it looks like there is a lot of opposition the submitter could decide right then to withdraw the proposal or not it'd be up to them. They could make changes and resubmit or what ever.
If the same proposal had unanimous support then we just go through the normal process and it goes up for a real vote the next day after sitting on the forums overnight.
For proposals that are going to be a close vote the temperature check can be used for friendly amendments or on the fly adjustments. An example would be if we do an original vote and it looks close the submitter could decide to say " what if I take XYZ wording and make it ABC wording " then do another temperature check and if it is unanimous or close to that we could then go right to comments then vote.
We could even make it so that anyone in the GA could call for a temperature check. There are a lot of ways that I could see to use this and I could go on with examples all night long. My point though is that since it's non-binding it could get used right away.
Times where I can think to use it but would need to be voted on also exist. One that I can think of is if a proposal is made and the temperature check shows not very much support and the submitter wants to go ahead with the discussion and vote anyway. The moderator could take a binding vote right then and there to see how many people think it should go back to committee and be resubmitted later.
There is more I could write on this but I open it for discussion.
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