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A Guide to Poll Creation and Voting

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:27 pm
by Edme1
Ever wondered how to create a poll on a topic? Check this out!

You can only create a poll if you started the topic that you want to put a poll on. When making or editing the first post, scroll to the bottom of the page. Next to the gold 'Options' tab, there should be another gold tab titled 'Poll Creation'. Click on it.

First, enter the title of the poll (what the main topic is). Keep the title relevant to the poll options and topic. Once you have your title, move on to the poll options.

You may enter up to 14 options in a poll. Once you enter one option, type the next one on a new line. (Go down a line by hitting the 'return' or 'enter' key.) Type in all of the options that you would like to add to your poll.

Now, you may select how many options a voter may choose. If you only want them to be able to choose one option, then type '1' in the labeled blank. Voters may choose however many options you enter into the blank.

Now choose how long you want your poll to run. Once the time you enter runs out, then users will no longer be able to vote in the poll. If you want a short poll, you might enter an hour, a few hours, or a few days. If you want a wider variety of answers, then make the poll last longer.

Your poll is ready! Click 'Submit' to submit your first post or edit, and your poll. Now, users may vote on whatever topic you put the poll on. Be careful not to post pointless polls, such as off-topic ones or random ones. If you want users' opinions without them having to post in your topic, then a poll is the way to go.

You can also vote in other peoples' polls. The poll will be displayed at the top of their first post. Select your answer (taking into account the topic and question) and click the 'Submit Answer' button at the bottom of the poll. Then, you can view the results to see what other people have said about it.

Sometimes, the poll creation tab will not be there. That just means that you cannot create a poll on that certain forum.

Now you know how to create polls and vote in them!