What's up with the seemingly never-ending stream of polls these days on Newsvine? It's like being caught in a downpour in Waialeale. It's been barely a week and we have been inundated with polls - a lot of them on inane things (If I recall correctly there was a poll about what is your favorite animal/fruit/something). It seems people think of a poll and then write an article around it whereas it should be the other way round. You think of a good article and write it and then have (if at all) a poll to plumb more.
How does it make us smarter to know that 60% of the 150 people that voted on a poll are liberals? In other words, 90 people on Newsvine are liberals? Wow, that is galaxy-shattering news. Or that a whopping 40 people on Newsvine think that humans evolved just like any other animal? That 30 people think that they meet more intelligent people on Newsvine than elsewhere on the net? That a bonecrushing majority of 12 people would prefer Gore for president in 2008?
Heck, pretty soon, we are going to be running out of ideas for polls. So, in order to appease people (that's why the appeasement tag), let me throw out some ideas for a poll:
- what is your favorite color - black, white, or brown?
- how many dollars of our pay do we deduct and give back willingly to the company for the hours spent on Newsvine?
- what wine should I have today - red or white?
- do conservatives prefer boxers over briefs more than liberals?
- what is the average IQ points by which the babies/children of Newsvine readers are smarter than non-Newsvine readers?
- who would you prefer to share a foxhole with during a time of "real" war - a fellow Newsviner from the opposite political camp (liberal vs. conservative) or a non Newsviner from the same political camp?
- should we change the name from Newsvine to Pollvine or Newspollvine?
p.s. Updated as of 1 p.m. EST in the USA: At Paddy Ryan's suggestion below in Comment #7, I just added a poll to gauge our feelings about whether the poll feature is being abused on Newsvine.