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A Guide to Making an Effective Poll, For those of you who are thinking of creating a poll!
A Pierrot's Aria
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, 11:39 AM
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3. Discussion in Poll Threads

a) Try to stir up discussion!

Finally, try to stimulate some discussion related to your poll. Try to avoid creating a thread that goes something like...
"What is your favourite _____?" Where the answer could be a simple vote and a comment to say "My favourite is _____"

It's good to generate discussion, even in a poll thread. Try to ask "What is your favourite ______. And why?"

As a thread with lack of discussion will be a little unfullfilling. This is of course, if asking "why?" is totally unnecessary.

b ) Character v. Character Threads

Please avoid creating 'Character V. Character' threads.

The board no longer allows 'Character v. Character'/ 'A v. B' threads or polls. There are a few reasons why: The list of combinations are obviously endless and we don't want to get inundated by an endless list of threads like "Edward Elric v. Naruto" and so on. Another problem is that not everyone will know the characters involved in the 'battle'. For example, everyone will know "A" is Edward Elric since this is an FMA board, but not it may be that not everyone will know who "B" is. Overall, we don't allow "A or B" type threads any more unless we judge that the thread holds exceptional quality or potential, or the two characters involved are clear representatives of whatever the field or common feature is.


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