On consistencies - Discussions, Questions, Rate My Link, and possibly few others
As a newbie guest in the Vanilla community I am finding both wealth of options and some inconsistencies. I understand that some of the perils of open source development is the lack of central control (which is usually an advantage), but along with it comes the risk of inconsistencies.
From my admin/end-user point of view, I see all these as different types of discussions: (1) The standard discussion, (2) Q&A, (3) Discussion Polls (4) the Rate My Link. Additionally, the Progress Bar and Countdown are borderline "types" because of the way they alter the standard discussion. I think there is no formalized "type" concept as I describe, but perhaps one should have been created to increase user interface as well as administration consistency.
On a related subject, I wonder whether a design guide exists (beyond theming) and if it did, whether it would have made a difference in an open source environment.