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Suggestion to conduct regular polls.

Venkatraman Kandaswamy
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Joined: Jul 07, 2004
Posts: 120
I was thinking why doesnt Javaranch have regular polls. It can help us judge what direction the wind is blowing.
Some topics for polls.

* IDE ranchers are using
* Frameworks
* Patterns
* New Topic you are learning
* bet on these technologies kind of poll
[ April 27, 2005: Message edited by: Venkatraman Kandaswamy ]

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Ben Souther

Joined: Dec 11, 2004
Posts: 13410

Why don't you try a few out in MD to find out how popular the idea would be?

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David Harkness
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Joined: Aug 07, 2003
Posts: 1646
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?

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Gregg Bolinger
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Joined: Jul 11, 2001
Posts: 15302

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.

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Venkatraman Kandaswamy
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Joined: Jul 07, 2004
Posts: 120
Greg, David

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
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24199

Originally posted by Venkatraman Kandaswamy:
Better to include than exclude

I couldn't disagree more with this sentiment. Less is more.

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Ilja Preuss

Joined: Jul 11, 2001
Posts: 14112
We have a poll at

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!

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