AcesAndEights
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July 30th, 2012 at 11:22:35 AM permalink
I've noticed on this board that when you're looking at a thread with a poll, you can see the current responses before you vote, while with lots of other forum software out there (e.g. IPB), the responses are hidden until either you vote, or you click a "show results" button.

Personally I like the second behavior better. When I was recently voting in one of HotBlonde's female attractiveness polls, I was surprised at the current set of results and I think it influenced me to vote differently. I think not knowing what the current results are would result in more "fair and accurate" polls, as it would avoid "herd mentality" and whatever the opposite of that is (the desire to be independent and not follow the crowd, which I know is true of me).

I know JB rolls his own software for this site, so this is my feature request - it shouldn't be too hard to add*. You could even make it an option for the person creating the poll.

One slight detail is that some of the other poll software I have seen doesn't allow you to vote if you clicked the "see results" button without voting. I'm not sure if I like that option, so I guess it's up for debate or up for JB and the Wiz to decide if they accept this feature request.

*Personally I do kind of hate it when people say "that shouldn't be too hard to add!" since I work in software and have done my share of web development. It's hilarious when non-technical people say stuff like this for a project that would take a 4 person team 6 months to add and then think a one-line-of-code change is a big deal. But in this case I feel I am justified as even though I haven't seen JB's code, given my knowledge of web development I'm fairly certain this would be a slight tweak depending on if you wanted to make it optional or not.
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July 30th, 2012 at 3:51:59 PM permalink
Interesting idea. If the purpose is to collect votes which are not contaminated by the way previous voters have voted, then having a "Show Results" button would open a loophole, and most attempts to close that loophole would open other loopholes. It seems the only way to close all possible loopholes would be to not have a "Show Results" button, and to only show the poll's results to logged-in members after they have voted.

Opinions?
ShiftyRicky
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July 30th, 2012 at 3:56:59 PM permalink
IMO you should set it up jsut like you descibed..."to only show the poll's results to logged-in members after they have voted.".

That is my vote, because I too feel sometimes knowing the how the poll is going skews my vote a lil.
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July 30th, 2012 at 4:23:23 PM permalink
I think that you should have a, "Show Results," button available to a non-voting party. An individual may not be compelled to vote in a poll, yet still have interest in knowing what the results were. In my opinion, if someone does not want the results to color his/her vote, then that person should not look at the results.
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July 30th, 2012 at 4:39:04 PM permalink
" if someone does not want the results to color his/her vote, then that person should not look at the results. "

I would suggest that persons vote is worthless, as it is not his opinion at all !
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July 30th, 2012 at 4:45:14 PM permalink
I sometimes vote for an empty choice just to skew results :)
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July 30th, 2012 at 4:52:34 PM permalink
Quote: Nareed

I sometimes vote for an empty choice just to skew results :)




Now I know why Jerry Logan gets so many votes.
ewjones080
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July 30th, 2012 at 4:57:00 PM permalink
I should've put a poll on this thread.

Yes, results should be hidden before voting
No, results should be seen before voting
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July 30th, 2012 at 5:43:30 PM permalink
I don't mind the hidden stuff, provided an "other" option or some such is provided. Hiding results without an "out", so to speak, may cause people to vote rubbish just so they can see the thread, skewing results.
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July 31st, 2012 at 5:10:48 AM permalink
As long as we're talking about changing the poll function, I'd like the poll results to remind me of which choice I had voted for when I re-visit the thread. I.E. Most other software will show my choice in italic.
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