2. Make sure you're as clear as possible
It is important to be as clear as possible; not only with your poll answers but also with the question.
(Relating to the previous section, you should specify clearly in the phrasing of your question as to whether or not it is just het couples or just yaoi couples; this is acceptable.
For example: See Favourite Hetrosexual Couples Poll
and Favourite Homosexual Couples Poll
. a) Clarity of Poll answers
As we all know, we're all FMA fans here, so that means we could have watched/read the two anime and the manga and some of us could have done one but not the other. So the biggest example would be, if you're creating a poll involving the homunculi, be sure to include those from anime-1 as well as those from the manga/Brotherhood.
To some, Sloth could be the Trisha doppelganger who has water powers or from anime-1 or it could be the huge lazy monster from the manga/Brotherhood. So if you were to create a poll regarding Homunculi in general, you would take note of any of the characters who are entirely different.
The poll would look something like:
Who is your favourite Homunculi?
Greed (Ling) (Manga/Brotherhood)
An example of this would be Who is the ugliest Homunculus?This ultimately makes the poll a lot clearer and easier to understand.
This only applies unless, of course, your poll is specifically about the homunculi from anime-1 or the manga/Brotherhood, in which case it would be alright to exclude Homunculi from a particular series you will not be discussing.
For example, the poll Which Homunculus (anime) Has The Best Powers?
only discusses anime-1 Homunculi therefore there is no need to include those from the manga.
Again, as I touched upon before, you must be clear in the way you phrase your question.b ) Clarity of poll questions and the phrasing of those questions
Again, the purpose of a poll is the gather statistical data based on people's opinions, so they're obviously going to differ, so this similarly is a case where you have to take special care with the phrasing of the question."Who do you think should be paired with Ed? Who is better -- Winry or Rose?"
There is something wrong with this question...
The word BEST/BETTER implies a difinitive answer -- remember, these are opinion polls, so please avoid wording questions in such a way...A better way to phrase it would be:"Who is your favourite-- Winry or Rose?"
Take the poll Let's talk about FMA dogs
, for example, this stresses that you must choose your favourite.
As I mentioned before, please make the poll as unbiased as possible.