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Discussion in 'Meta-forum Discussion' started by Baste, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Baste


    Jan 24, 2013
    See this thread.

    It's a very common problem that new users on these forums create their first thread as a poll, with seemingly absurd options. Why is that?

    It's because of how creating polls are implemented. When creating a thread, you have the input fields for creating the thread on top, and then the input fields for creating the thread as a poll under that. Since it's common for "create thread" buttons in forums to be on the bottom of the page, what happens is this:
    - New user clicks create thread, adds header and body text
    - New user scrolls to the bottom of the page (real fast) looking for a "create" button.
    - When scrolled to the bottom, they find the "Question" box. That sounds reasonable, so they enter something there, or something somewhere else in the poll section, without realising that it's a poll.
    - New user finds the "Create thread" button under the "post a poll" entry box
    - New user hits that. Since they haven't filled out anything in the poll, they get an error message.
    - New user adds arbitrary poll entries in confusion.

    It seems far-fetched, but we get new users posting weird polls every day, so it's pretty common.

    If it's possible, I'd suggest just hiding everything poll-related behind a "create a poll" checkbox, and only having a single "Create thread" button. That'd ease the new user experience.
    Lurking-Ninja likes this.
  2. Lurking-Ninja


    Jan 20, 2015
    Or just hide the poll for non-admin/non-Unity personnel. I haven't seen average user-created poll which would be useful by any means in ages, maybe ever. (The Unity-created ones usually are useful and understandable)