Why have polls?
Thread poster: Hilde Granlund

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Apr 1, 2008

By all means - I think they are fun, and spark off some interesting discussions.
But every time a question is posted - someone posts something like this:

I really don't want to seem churlish but I think this is rather a pointless poll/question, similar to "what's your favourite film/book/best friend" etc, and I don't really understand what the reason for asking is.

If you think that, and don't want to seem churlish - why bother to post anything at all?
Are these polls part of somebody's thesis or something?
I have taken it as "just for fun" - and many of these questions spark of interesting discussions.
Hanging over the computer day in and day out, I think some light relief is quite welcomeicon_wink.gif
For me - the polls were a way to get to "know" some of the regulars here, seemed an easy place to actually jump in and say something - about something that was not too scary or too difficult, or maybe I'd even get away with making a silly mistake in my English...
I did not want to risk making a complete fool of myself....icon_wink.gif
Of course, after hanging around here for nearly a year, I have discovered that people here are just people, - rather like myself, and mostly not scary at all.

But I may have missed something.
People complain about the questions posted - they are not specific enough, include the right alternatives - or whatever.
And the site staff seem to take an interest too. I have gathered the courage to post one poll question myself. That was changed by the staff into something else, and then I found it rather difficult to defend it or answer questions about it.

One poll question every day - sometimes a bit of a discussion , forgotten the next day (How many poll question discussions go on after the next one is posted....?) How serious can this be?


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