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A Guide to Making an Effective Poll, For those of you who are thinking of creating a poll!
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post Jan 29 2011, 10:41 AM
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,.`. :`A Guide to Making an Effective Poll: .`.,



I've been through the mechanics of making a poll, but knowing how to make a good poll is the icing on the cake! So this tutorial will focus on points you need to take into consideration if you're thinking of creating a poll. I hope this will come in use to all of you!

I've broken it up into sections again, as to avoid one huge post of text --I find reading things in sections doesn't seem as off-putting!


CONTENTS:

1. "You can have any colour, as long as it's black"...
What can go wrong when adding answers to the poll?



2. Make sure you're as clear as possible
Clarity of poll answers
Clarity of poll questions and the phrasing of those questions



Make sure you're clear as possible part 2
Clarity of poll questions and the phrasing of those questions Continued
Double polls



3. Discussion in Poll threads
Try to stir up discussion!
Character v. Character Threads


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post Jan 29 2011, 11:37 AM
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2. Make sure you're as clear as possible Part. 2

c) Clarity of poll questions and the phrasing of those questions Continued

Think carefully about what you call your thread, and make sure that your topic/thread question and the poll question correlate!

Take the following example:

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Thread Question: Which Pirates of the Caribbean film was the worst?

Poll Question: Which Pirates of the Caribbean film was the best?

PotC 1

PotC 2

PotC 3


The two questions differ and this mistake, although it could be accidental or you may think it's asking the same thing, can actually end up making the results very inaccurate. This would be because members will be looking at the thread question and voting in the poll based on that rather than the poll question and vice versa.

d) Double Polls

Sometimes it's necessary to make a double poll. If there are two elements to a question or two questions with different answers, a double poll will be more appropriate, especially for clarity's sake. This is because it will prevent unrelated answers from becoming mixed up, making it look convoluted.

For example, in this poll regarding the fanart contest, there were two categories/questions to vote in within the poll:




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