Polls in news threads new experiment?

Doctor Q

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That depends on your personal opinion of it.

And maybe the opinions of others in the forums too.

Whadaya think?
 

mad jew

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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. :)
 

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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
 

DeSnousa

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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.
 

mad jew

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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. :)
 

Sharewaredemon

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Mitthrawnuruodo said:
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... ;)
Agreed, although the choices were worded in a humorous way which I enjoyed.
 

eva01

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Mitthrawnuruodo said:
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... ;)
Utterly useless is what the polls are.

Absolutely stupid. In my opinion
 

skoker

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Doctor Q said:
That depends on your personal opinion of it.

And maybe the opinions of others in the forums too.

Whadaya think?
Maybe we should have a poll about that?
 

thedude110

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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.
 

eva01

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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