Should poll creation be limited to those who made at least 25 posts?

By Iohannes Aurum, in 'Suggestions and Feedback', Jan 15, 2015.

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Should poll creation be limited to those who made at least 25 posts?

Yes. There are some who create frivolous polls. 2 vote(s) 16.7%
Yes. Polls should also be banned from the English to Latin translation forum as well. 7 vote(s) 58.3%
No. New users should have the right to create polls, no matter how frivolous. 3 vote(s) 25.0%
  1. Iohannes Aurum Technicus Auxiliarius

    • Technicus Auxiliarius
    Please vote in the above poll.

    I believe that the English to Latin translation forum should not allow polls, since we work by consensus, not by voting, especially given that the OP is the one who would make the final decision.

    I had to delete a few frivolous polls in the English to Latin translation forum.
  2. Ignis Umbra Ignis Aeternus

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    USA
    I also see no reason for polls in the translation fora.
  3. Iohannes Aurum Technicus Auxiliarius

    • Technicus Auxiliarius
    I bet that some of the new users keep thinking "Ooh! Poll! Let's create a silly poll called 'Is Lorem Ipsum a good tattoo translation?' with choices being 'Yes' and 'Yes'."
  4. Aurifex Aedilis

    • Aedilis
    Location:
    England
    Newcomers are hardly to be blamed for creating polls. When you are creating a new thread in the Eng.-Lat. forum the bottom third of the "Create Thread" page is devoted to "Post a Poll", with no mention of whether the poll is optional or obligatory. People get so used to filling in online forms and being told they need to complete all the fields before proceeding that many newbies probably fill in the poll boxes simply not to have their translation request rejected.

    It's the "Create Thread" template that needs changing, not the rules about who can post a poll.
  5. Godmy A Monkey

    • Civis Illustris
    Location:
    Bohemia
    I voted for the middle option, though I can imagine a situation where I would, as a novice, like to create a poll (e.g. to ask people which pronunciation they prefer ;- ) or something like that). But it would be probably reasonable to ban it from the "English-Latin" section (for everybody possibly), since I can't imagine what use it would have there: to vote which translation is the best? Usually much longer discussion is needed for that than just some simple votes in a poll...
  6. Himeros Member

    Well, a forum is not complete without poll. However, I do find some users in other forums making irrelevant polls with jumbled letters simply to test how polling works. Now, those kinds of polls worth getting banned.
  7. Iohannes Aurum Technicus Auxiliarius

    • Technicus Auxiliarius
    I have directed a user to this thread, since she created a frivolous poll.
  8. tahlia b New Member

    Sorry as I'm new to this I wasn't sure how to fill out the form.
  9. Iohannes Aurum Technicus Auxiliarius

    • Technicus Auxiliarius
    Apology accepted. It is a common novice error and I understand.

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