paul wheaton wrote:Apple polls is a new feature in our forum software. I asked cassie to use it for this poll so that we might be able to test the feature as well as narrow down the list of possible names. Stacking functions!
It sounds like apple polls needs a little more polish.
The apple poll stuff was designed for polling on really important stuff like "best book" or "best DVD". A problem with most polling stuff is that it can be gamed: people will create a hundred accounts so they can put in a hundred votes and thus make their product "best". But with apple polls, you limit the voters to "judges" rather than something that can be gamed. Through a bit of configuration, you can determine who can be a judge: people with a certain number of posts or apples? And people with a lot of apples - can influence the vote more than people with just a few.
Since this is not something where anyone might try to game the system, my suggesting the use of apple polls turns out to be silly.
Personally, I rarely ever use all of my apples, because it just seems unfair. Like, I have 332 of them! That's a whole lot more than other member. So, I usually only use a like 5-20 spread out over some options. Maybe it'd be fun to have both apple polls and normal polls? I like polls, and I find them really fun to do. I was actually really excited when I became a Gardener because I could finally make some polls! It's the little things in life that make me happy, LOL!
We're still playing with the apple polls to see what they can do.
It's neat because it gives apples more meaning. One apple, one vote. People who contribute more to the site, get more say.
I don't know if the general public can see how many votes are on the polls before they close, but I've noticed most of those with high apple counts, have only been putting 10 apples here, 2 apples there...
Paul specifically said to us the other day that he won't be voting - he has infinity apples - to help keep things fair.
Once we get the hang of apple polls, it will be fun to start doing more serious ones, like best permaculture blog of 2017... Best permaculture youtube channel of 2017... My problem is, I don't youtube or read blogs, so I have no idea what to put on the list. with luck, people will post ideas here.