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Should users be able to include polls in their questions on fluther?

Asked by drhat77 (6195points) March 15th, 2010
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I’m thinking when there are several discrete options like “should I get my cable from the cable company, the phone company, or satellite”, the user can set up a poll. The poll can be set up or modified later. This would avoid posts like “yeah, me too”, or “what @whoever said”, which I personally find a little annoying, it adds nothing to the conversation, but then it gets hard to tally up what everybody thinks.

Is this an idea everybody likes, or would it clutter the interface too much?

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marinelife's avatar

NO polls!

drhat77's avatar

@marinelife you seem to vacilate on this point a bit, could you be more concise?

marinelife's avatar

Sorry, @drhat77, I just feel strongly about it.

drhat77's avatar

Is there a particular reason you don’t like them? that’s what I’d like to know – maybe they can be tweaked to be better than whatever polls give you such a viceral reaction

El_Cadejo's avatar

Poll questions suck. They offer little actual insight when all users are just picking between two polar choices. Black or White? Who the fuck cares?

drhat77's avatar

people could still write responses – as many as they want. But the poll would draw out the “yeah, me too”‘s, and give the asker a tally of what the community thinks

Trillian's avatar

I vote; Not only no, hell no! I hate polls. They can be manipulated to mean anything and I also don’t like either/or crap. There is no black or white for me, only varying shades of grey that are never options to select when I take a stupid poll.
No, no, no.
Hey, that was an either/or question and I answered it definitively! Yaay me!

arnbev959's avatar

There’s little value in a poll. If you’re question is “Should I get my cable from the cable company, the phone company, or satellite?” a poll would provide a tally, but that tally would be of very limited usefulness.

I certainly wouldn’t make my decision based off of what the majority of Flutherites voted for. I’d make my decision based off of the thoughts and insight of the people who have the best things to say about it. It’s too easy to vote in a poll—half the time people would vote without having a clear reason for their choice. And even if they did, without an explanation there would be no way to evaluate the results in such a way that you would be able to tell if what someone else thinks is the best option would actually be the best option for you.

Also, that example would be considered a “Solve a Problem” question. If polls were allowed, the vast majority of polls would be “Discussion” questions, like “What color do you like best: green, purple, or black?” or crap like that. No thank you.

drhat77's avatar

me sad.

Okay, i feel better now, thanks.

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