QUOTE(ZeeSaga @ Sep 1 2009, 01:40 AM)
Just a suggestion I had about the poll feature. I think it would be nice to see who voted for what on polls. I don't know if you all had a reason not to show that but I thought it might enhance the debate. Maybe give an option to the poll producer to show or not to show who voted for what at least. Just a thought.
Part of the problem is I cannot even argue the point if all anyone does on the polls is vote and not actually debate on it. At least let the poll producers have the choice to show or not to show.
From my own experience, I comment less often on thread with polls but no debate questions because I can often adequately express my opinions on a subject by just pressing a button. Also I think a lot of people who are otherwise "lurkers" vote in polls, so I think the key is to have debate questions underneath polls that you create as well as
the poll questions themselves.
If you want to know who I am, and want me to back up my choices, I think you're almost better off not putting a poll on at all, and just concentrating on the debate questions. To my mind, debate questions are the real meat of any topic; polls are merely garnish.
QUOTE(scubatim @ Sep 1 2009, 11:12 PM)
I would agree with the other responses pertaining to the anonymity, but would offer another option to put more information behind the polls. Instead of showing the names of the people who voted, offer statistical information about the politics and party affiliation of those participating in the polls. I can't see the value of pointing to who voted how, but if you were to look for trends in the voting, break it down by politics or even gender and age. (not sure if everyone's gender and age is included in their profile, can't remember if that was optional or not.)
I'm not sure how much value that would add, as not only would most polls not be a statistically valid sample of
membership, a lot of the time the political affiliation/politics would identify individual respondents, especially if age and geography (surely just as valid/informative) were to be included as well. For example, most regular
visitors would assume that anyone claiming to be socialist from Britain was me, even if it were an otherwise silent lurker. Ohio conservatives might be assumed to be Amlord
; Very conservative Independents from Iowa? Er, that'd be you then.