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This reminds me of a story. In the 1960s and early-1970s, a late friend of mine was the curator of musical instruments at the Smithsonian Institution. For a two-week period one summer, he found himself the only person in his small department, the result of a two people out on medical leave and several away on vacation. So he had to do something he'd never done before: pick up the phone whenever it rang (this was the era before voicemail). He had had no prior idea of how many people called in every day with questions, mostly about the value of an old violin found in an attic and such. But there were more general musical questions, too, which people felt free to call in and ask given that it was the only "federal" source of musical information aside from the Library of Congress.
At first, it was a hoot, but he got sick of it after a while, so he started giving the quickest answers he could think of. One day, an old lady called and asked, "Can you tell me, where does John Philip Sousa rank among American composers?" "Sousa," my friend answered, "let me see the latest chart . . . 17th." "Thank you very much," said the satisfied taxpayer.
I'm afraid that's the kind of information we'll get from polls.
On the other hand I think it wouldn't be positive if polls encourage
voting instead of arguing for or against important topics.
Polls may, indeed, stimulate discussion, but they will do so largely by exasperation, as correctives to idiotic simplifications. Too much of this kind of thing becomes tiring quickly and soon enough, someone will decide that Typedrawers has run its course and the time has come to start a new board.
I'm completely open to new possibilities, but experience tells me that this one is sure to become a nuisance. It's like the overuse of drop shadows or "Th" ligatures or lousy typefaces; just because they are there doesn't mean you have to use them.
Can someone give me an example of a kind of poll you'd expect to see here that will enhance the user experience, or offer some kind of enlightenment?