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A "poll" feature?

A number of times, on various forums and mailing lists, I've seen someone try to take a "poll" on a certain question. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. But it's always seemed to me a bit awkward. Maybe this is not the type of thing that askbot is meant to address (after all, it's not called "pollbot") but then again, there's a user community available (and it does appear as more of a "community" due to the karma and related features) so I wonder if this might be a good feature to add.

What I had in mind is that one could create a poll (rather than a question) and it would hang around getting responses from whoever cared to respond. Specifically, I was thinking that the questions could be "multi-valued" rather than just yes or no. For example, on the Sage askbot, I would love to have a way to ask "how many people use the following operating systems" (and then give a list - which hopefully could be edited since I'll miss some the first time.)

People could respond -- and they could also change their responses later! Thus giving a lot more flexibility and "longevity" then trying to poll people over a mailing list.

Anyway, that the idea.

-Mike

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A "poll" feature?

A number of times, on various forums and mailing lists, I've seen someone try to take a "poll" on a certain question. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. But it's always seemed to me a bit awkward. Maybe this is not the type of thing that askbot is meant to address (after all, it's not called "pollbot") but then again, there's a user community available (and it does appear as more of a "community" due to the karma and related features) so I wonder if this might be a good feature to add.

What I had in mind is that one could create a poll (rather than a question) and it would hang around getting responses from whoever cared to respond. Specifically, I was thinking that the questions could be "multi-valued" rather than just yes or no. For example, on the Sage askbot, I would love to have a way to ask "how many people use the following operating systems" (and then give a list - which hopefully could be edited since I'll miss some the first time.)

People could respond -- and they could also change their responses later! Thus giving a lot more flexibility and "longevity" then trying to poll people over a mailing list.

Anyway, that the idea.

-Mike