Polls in news threads new experiment?

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  1. vniow macrumors G4

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    I notices the last two news posts have been made into polls. Is this some sort of new experiment or is it going to be something permanent, replacing or supplementing MacPolls?
     
  2. Doctor Q Administrator

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    That depends on your personal opinion of it.

    And maybe the opinions of others in the forums too.

    Whadaya think?
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I like it. I don't think it should be a given that every news story has a poll though, because sometimes they could end up being misleading or irrelevant. :)
     
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I like it also, but like mad jew said, there's a time and a place for them.

    It worked out good for the U2 iPod.
     
  5. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816

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    I like it too - Mac Polls are often not updated very frequently, whereas News stories come in almost every weekday...

    ...personally, I think it does two things:

    1. You can finally get rid of that 'positive' and 'negative' voting thing, as the poll replaces it (and does a better job of it, too)

    2. You can quickly access people's opinions by eyeing the poll, rather than surfing through dozens of pages...

    Plus, I like polls - I think they're fun...:D
     
  6. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    AvSRoCkCO1067 they were my thought exactly :) I don't like reading through the pages that rumours/news produce on these forums, the polls give you a glimpse of the opinion's of the greater community. Plus it is much better than positive and negative feedback.
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    If this becomes commonplace, I think it would be nice to have a mechanism on the front page to show which stories have polls. Maybe next to the link to the comments, we could have a link to the poll (even though they're effectively the same place). Just a thought. :)
     
  8. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    I like the idea... but the options in the two above mentioned threads has been less than worthless... so that needs a bit of work, apparently... ;)
     
  9. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I like, I like. :)
     
  10. Sharewaredemon macrumors 68000

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    Agreed, although the choices were worded in a humorous way which I enjoyed.
     
  11. eva01 macrumors 601

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    Utterly useless is what the polls are.

    Absolutely stupid. In my opinion
     
  12. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    While I agree that there has been too many polls lately, I was hoping the 'news polls' might replace the thread rating, which IMO is uttery useless... :)
     
  13. skoker macrumors 68000

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    Maybe we should have a poll about that?
     
  14. thedude110 macrumors 68020

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    I kind of like the postiive/negative rating. It gives a general overview of community opinion which then gets fleshed out by the discussion that follows (which is what the forums are all about!).

    I also like how entropic the positive/negative ratings are -- the urge to be contrary that it pulls from individual members.

    The polls on the inside of the story might cut down on spam, I suppose.

    More likely, though, they'll just give members an opinion they think they believe instead of forcing members to think out and revise their own opinion through writing, editing and posting.

    I love MR because so many are so thoughtful. By suggesting "answers" or "opinions," I'm concerned that polls will reduce that thoughtfulness.
     
  15. eva01 macrumors 601

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    My main concern is that every single poll you wont be able to have a choice for every opinion. Which just means you will have to have an other in every poll. therefore defeating the purpose of it. In a way
     

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