icelightning: XXY male bettafish, started off looking girlish (Default)
Jenn ([personal profile] icelightning) wrote in [site community profile] dw_suggestions2013-04-25 08:03 am

Option for Blind Polls Until Closed

Option for Blind Polls Until Closed


Allow an option for polls to not show their results until after they're closed.

I've noticed that seeing how voting has gone so far in a poll can affect the poll outcome. It would be wonderful if a poll could be blind to everyone, or just to everyone but the creator, until the poll closes. This would be an option and not a requirement for polls.

Basically, we've found that polls that were supposed to gage a measure of change in a character to obtain a new status ended up being nothing more than popularity polls. (Yes, it's an RPG.) Even though there are suggestions in the works to improve the poll, the suggestions I can come up with still have an element of becoming a popularity poll as people can still view current results before voting themselves. Only a truly blind poll could really alleviate this issue. I'm sure other types of communities would also use this option. The rest of the poll options would stay the same, including what results would be seen, but the results still would not be shown until the poll is closed. Basically, it'd reflect how we do voting in everyday life (elections, closed ballots, etc).

That way, polls would more closely represent individuals choices and not have their opinions influenced by others. (Also, the surprise element is fun!) It wouldn't prevent users from talking amongst themselves on whom they voted on, but it'd be closer to how voting works outside of Dreamwidth.

Poll #13463 Option for Blind Polls Until Closed
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 72

This suggestion:

View Answers

Should be implemented as-is.
66 (91.7%)

Should be implemented with changes. (please comment)
1 (1.4%)

Shouldn't be implemented.
0 (0.0%)

(I have no opinion)
5 (6.9%)

(Other: please comment)
0 (0.0%)

pauamma: Cartooney crab holding drink (Default)

[personal profile] pauamma 2013-05-19 04:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Would the hidden data include the number of voters?
pauamma: Cartooney crab holding drink (Default)

[personal profile] pauamma 2013-05-21 10:58 am (UTC)(link)
*nod* I agree with your edit. (I'd also want the "not even the poll author/comm maintainers" option to be available to the poll author, like the anonymous results is currently.)

I'd also like the "you voted" acknowledgement to include a mention of who can view the aggregate results while the poll is open.
pauamma: Cartooney crab holding drink (Default)

[personal profile] pauamma 2013-05-21 11:11 am (UTC)(link)
If the poll author selects the "don't show results until closed" option, there is a loophole in that the poll author may close and reopen the poll to get a sneak preview without others noticing. That might be undesirable but I'm not sure how to fix that. Options I can think of:

- don't allow reopening the poll at all once it's closed (pro: simplicity. con: impossible to correct unintended poll closes)
- leave the poll closed for a set minimum time (24 hours? 48 hours?) after it's closed, even if reopened before (pro: more people get a chance to see the interim results. con: more complex, deciding what the minimum "poll closed" time should be.)
pauamma: Cartooney crab holding drink (Default)

[personal profile] pauamma 2013-06-05 04:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, that'd work.