Well, I was blocked from the site again last night, but I see I made to the kwery today with a couple hours to spare. Let's see if I'm too late...
But before I forget, thanks again for the win Lee. Still stuck in third place, but I'll take it!
I have never run a poll on TheCatSite, but I have run polls on other websites, in particular - Yahoo Groups. I'm not sure I know how to run one, initiate one, but I think I could find the information to create one if I wanted to. So like I said, I have never operated a questionnaire of sorts. Although I did just count ballots of the paper kind last night.
I do like participating in some of the polls in the forums. And from the looks of the replies and views others like to partake in the polls as well. The most recent poll I engaged in was regarding the TVs in the bedroom. When the poll first opened it was interesting to see the split, but as time went on "yays" really walked away with it. What I like about these polls better than the others I've took part in is that you can explain your reason. It is interesting to see the diversity among us.
It's hard to predict that the survey is an correct assessment of the members considering how many people actually play in comparison to the amount of members on TCS. There are 25,658 members, but only a fraction of those people are actually active, less than 780 of that total have visited this month alone. And that doesnt include actually replying. So regarding the TV poll... the results show only 87 people voiced an opinion. 87 of 780 active viewer this month. Thats a little more than 10 percent of this month's population.
Hardly an accurate account at all. Like I said, when the poll first opened it was neck in neck. But the more the demographic replied, the greater the spread and more obvious the difference. But still it only represents a fraction of the TCS clan, not to mention the outside race as a whole.
I have thought about running a poll for fun before, but now that I try to remember what it was, I cant recall the subject. In general it is just a fun way to solicit everyone's opinion. But opinions, everybody's ideas and judgments, vary so much that with the diversity of our group that it is to be taken with a grain of salt. Just as the IMO forum. The closest I came to a poll was asking for advice on naming a kitten. When I started the question, I really thought one idea would walk away with the ballot, but was surprised by the feelings and advice of so many different people. There were even outside nominations to through into the mix. But in the end, did it really persuade my initial influence? Who's to say. But it is fun to solicit advice and to include everyone in the process and to have the interaction of your friends, peers and people you admire and look up to.
And of course you know I had to go see how to create a poll in the TCS Support/Announcements > How-To and FAQs Forum. Now maybe next time I submit a thread I will pay better attention to all the options and might consider making my own next time I think of a topic. Scroll to the bottom of the new post and the information is there.
Now to try it out