poll feature on AskMe? December 30, 2005 3:46 PM   Subscribe

PollFilter? Not to turn AskMe into a run-of-the-mill forum, but polls, either as a component of AskMe or as a separate "tab" (like Projects, MeTa), would be a neat way of getting the community consensus on straightforward questions.
posted by michaelkuznet to Feature Requests at 3:46 PM (42 comments total)

Ha Ha! He thinks there would be "straightforward" answers!
posted by orthogonality at 4:05 PM on December 30, 2005


Poll tab.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:08 PM on December 30, 2005


I think we need 50x50 gif or jpg images by our user names.
posted by geoff. at 4:37 PM on December 30, 2005


Could you provide a couple of samples of straightforward questions?
posted by Cranberry at 4:44 PM on December 30, 2005


Hehe. Meanies.
I was thinking about these: Am I screwed? Should an 11 year old drink coffee? Do women loose weight while menstruating?
A lot of the answers will be anecdotal, so the poll could boil down the long thread into one answer.
posted by michaelkuznet at 4:49 PM on December 30, 2005


Could you provide a couple of samples of straightforward questions?

Are polls on Metafilter a good idea?
[ ] No.
[ ] No! No! Not Ever! Arghhhh!
posted by seanyboy at 4:50 PM on December 30, 2005


Do you hate people who write "loose" when they mean "lose"?

[ ] Yes
[ ] With a passion
[ ] With the burning white-hot intensity of a collapsing star
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:57 PM on December 30, 2005


Gah. "Lose" it is.
posted by michaelkuznet at 5:01 PM on December 30, 2005


Suck it haters?

[ ] yes
[ ] no
posted by jessamyn at 5:16 PM on December 30, 2005


Do you like me?

[ ] YES


[]no
posted by cortex at 5:17 PM on December 30, 2005


[] no
posted by Wolfdog at 5:22 PM on December 30, 2005


What are MetaFilter users?
[ ] Human beings
[ ] Pixels on a screen
[ ] Sociopathic beavers
posted by fandango_matt at 5:25 PM on December 30, 2005


It's a very good idea.

Kos does it all the time, giving people the option to add a poll to their postings. It must be technologically easy to do.
posted by amberglow at 5:32 PM on December 30, 2005


I should be called SuMe (Survey.Metafilter).
posted by TimeFactor at 5:50 PM on December 30, 2005


How would a poll add anything other than a notion of weighted, trivializing pollstering to an AskMe question?

I'm pretty much hating the idea of subverting the complicated interplay of ideas and experience that powers AskMe by encouraging people to just punch a button.
posted by cortex at 5:54 PM on December 30, 2005


Kos does it all the time

This is an argument against, not for.
posted by gleuschk at 5:55 PM on December 30, 2005


BRILLIANT! Now, instead of callouts, we can just do it Survivor style, right?

Matt is getting voted off the island! Hah!
posted by spiderwire at 6:08 PM on December 30, 2005


Polls on metafilter?
posted by delmoi at 6:12 PM on December 30, 2005


Alternatively, you could post links to your own polling software.
posted by delmoi at 6:13 PM on December 30, 2005


I'd like to suggest a poll subsite for all the whiners, callouters and thinskinned, self-pitying babies.

It'll be nicknamed Po'Me.
posted by dash_slot- at 6:14 PM on December 30, 2005



posted by delmoi at 6:15 PM on December 30, 2005



posted by delmoi at 6:18 PM on December 30, 2005


What really need is AJAX support for comment, so we can put actual polls right in the comments.
posted by delmoi at 6:21 PM on December 30, 2005


well, the selects were nice while they lasted, too bad I didn't know about them before today.

oh, and if we get polls, then I say we should also be able to call a friend if we don't know the answer and also be able to have 2 choices eliminated.
posted by shmegegge at 6:23 PM on December 30, 2005




posted by shmegegge at 6:27 PM on December 30, 2005


George Bush?

[ ] Great President
[ ] the Greatest President
posted by blue_beetle at 6:58 PM on December 30, 2005


Any black users on MeFi?
[ ] can I be black too?
[ ] black people are the new black people
[ ] yes, if you count white people
[ ] no, if you don't count white people
[ ] I'm irish!
[ ] irish is the new black
[ ] who cares?
[ ] what do you mean 'black?'
[ ] I, for one, welcome our new black overlords
[ ] I know people who would be offended
[ ] you know, 'no offense' is offensive
[ ] you're wrong
[ ] no, you're wrong
[ ] metafilter: the new black
[ ] these blacks, they vibrate?
[ ] assamaphone
[ ] cockonet
[ ] clitsichord
[ ] tittlywinklers
[ ] chodemunchers
[ ] pissing elephant
[ ] shitting unicorn
[ ] comment for which sockpuppet was created
[ ] that's hot
[ ] is this really "best of the web?"
[ ] unclench
[ ] grow a skin
[ ] grow a sack
[ ] choke on a bucket of cocks
[ ] SHABAT SHALOM MOTHERFUCKERS
[ ] I just had a baby I am so happy
[ ] congratulations!
[ ] oh the huge manatee
[ ] arguing on the internet is like being retarded
[ ] todd lokken
[ ] matt damon
[ ] yes they deserved to die and I hope they burned in hell
[ ] that was really funny, quonsar
[ ] thanks for your email, Jessamyn
[ ] I'm working on this it'll be up soon
[ ] garbage
[ ] self-link
[ ] single-link op-eds are the new black
[ ] DaShiv made me a sexy like a black person!
[ ] never will not be awesome
[ ] no but my username is unpronounceable
[ ] black pancakes!
[ ] is there black for Mac?
[ ] no but I am jonmc
[ ] ffs I am trying to have a life here people
[ ] flag it and move on
[ ] IANABP
[ ] yes
posted by scarabic at 7:07 PM on December 30, 2005


^^^ flagged as fantastic even though I know it doesn't count for anything.
posted by gleuschk at 7:16 PM on December 30, 2005


[ ] IANABP

snort!
posted by dash_slot- at 7:40 PM on December 30, 2005


Giving people a choice?
[ ] Bad idea.
posted by eriko at 7:50 PM on December 30, 2005


How do I flag scarabic's comment as "best ever" without sounding sarcastic?
posted by yhbc at 8:04 PM on December 30, 2005


[ ] Cowboy Neal
[ ] Beowulf cluster
[ ] Hot Grits
posted by quonsar at 9:57 PM on December 30, 2005


Oyfen a frendor bord?
[ ] Iz gut zich tzu lernen shorn.
[ ] I don't speak Yiddish.
posted by maxsparber at 10:05 PM on December 30, 2005


[X] excellent idea
posted by moonbird at 5:48 AM on December 31, 2005


do you want to constrain what other people say?
[ ] yes
posted by andrew cooke at 6:15 AM on December 31, 2005


(i think the coffee question is a really good example of why this is a bad idea. i haven't been back there to see if anyone has made such a comment, but ever since reading it i've been toying with the idea of posting a long discussion about how people typically react to things that are not normal in their culture, their fear, their desire to control others who don't follow the same norms they do, etc etc. reducing it to a yes/no poll makes that kind of thing impossible and, in my opinion, that's a real dumbing down of mefi. people who ask whether children should be allowed to drink coffee are not going to give the options:
[ ] yes
[ ] no
[ ] i am an insecure idiot that reacts to the unknown by restricting the freedom of others)
posted by andrew cooke at 6:19 AM on December 31, 2005


[x] It's a trap!
posted by Scoo at 11:07 AM on December 31, 2005


[ ] eni ti o mo nkankan rara,
[ ] ko ye ko ma shi enure lati je ki gbobgo aye mo kpe olodo lo je.
[ ] Kani pe o di enure mu,
[ ] eniyan mi ti le ma ro kpe o ni ogbon diye lori.
posted by Gator at 11:16 AM on December 31, 2005


andrew cooke- I guess I should be more clear: I wasn't proposing to do away with the comments, just to add a poll. I don't see how adding a poll would make discussion "impossible."
posted by michaelkuznet at 12:04 PM on December 31, 2005


Give people an inch?
[x] Take a mile
posted by Rothko at 12:07 PM on December 31, 2005


ah, ok - i thought you were thinking of a separate "poll-only" thing...
posted by andrew cooke at 12:14 PM on December 31, 2005


Suck it haters?

[ ] yes
[ ] no


jessamyn rules?

[x] yes
posted by quin at 12:28 PM on December 31, 2005


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