Without polls handled by the forum software automatically (accept vote, tally votes, display results), I'm afraid they would wither away quickly. Polls work well when people can easily respond and get immediate feedback. It's another nice feature to add to the list when considering new forum software. [Goes to check on that thread...]
Mind you, I would love to see polls as they can be both informative and entertaining, but who's going to volunteer to summarize results every so often?
I don't think Polling is in the plan for the new software. If you want to see what IDE people are using go search the IDE thread for "favorite IDE". You'll find a ton of threads. Likewise, if you want to know something, just start a thread and ask a question.
I can start a new thread and find out who is using which IDE for instance. But with a poll I get even more
* immediate results * lazy bozos can just click
As I said earlier we can have a feel which direction the wind is blowing. It might not be relevant to this topic but polls can offer something on the likes of a Google Zeitgeist but in a more controlled manner.
Look at slashdot polls - stupid but entertaining and at times meaningfull.
We should include facility for a poll in the new forum/software. Better to include than exclude
That one is somewhat interesting, but for most topics I find the reasons for how people would vote much more interesting than the vote itself.
But if you want to start one on a topic you would find interesting, just do so - the wiki is open for everyone!
The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way. - Heraclitus