I ran across a note recently on Twitter from Adam Machanic. He wrote: Just spent most of the day working through a subtle PK issue - 1 bad row out of 18M. Would have killed for this. The item in question was a Connect item, one with almost 500 votes. It's a good one, and I'd encourage you to vote for it. I know that it seems many of these items are never worked on, but some changes make it into the product, so I'd ask you to continue to vote for change.
When Connect was first introduced, Andy Warren and I debated the value of the platform. On one hand it made good sense to directly feed information back to developers, but on the other hand, it was likely that those items that got more notoriety or votes might get fixed, even if they weren't necessarily good ideas. The popularity of an item doesn't necessarily mean it's one that should be fixed in the product first. We also worried about one of the big problems of the platform and that is that a tremendous amount of noise of entered and it becomes hard to triage the submissions.
As I watch Connect evolve, I can't help but think that it's been mostly a failure from my perspective, with a few notable successes, like Service Pack 3 for SQL Server 2005. There's too much noise and too many items ignored. However I also do think that those items that get lots of vots do get more consideration from Microsoft. More votes doesn't mean that the feature will get fixed, but I do believe the item gets talked about. (As an aside, please vote for more, final Service Packs)
Personally, I think that raising awareness of possible suggestions or problems is a good idea. I'd love to see a top 10 list of Connect items from MS for consideration every month. Having them highliht some items they're considering from the list might help focus attention from customers. I don't think that's likely, but I wonder if highly debated suggestions might be worth highlighting at SQLServerCentral. Would you like to see a Connect item of the week? Something you could vote on or even debate as a good idea? I would, and I'd consider adding them as a way to help improve the platform that I enjoy working on the most.