Joran Dax (icetray) wrote in suggestions,
Joran Dax

Blind polling

Blind polling

Short, concise description of the idea
Results of a poll are only displayed to the user that created the poll.

Full description of the idea
Currently, non-text poll results will be viewable to anyone who has access to an entry containing a poll. The misnomer "results viewable to: None" merely masks the names of the voters and prevents viewing of text votes. With blind polling, no poll results are ever viewable to anyone except the poll creator. Users that have voted will simply see a text line that reads something like, "Thank you for participating in this poll." where the voting fields were. Users not logged in might see something like, "You must be logged in to participate in this poll."

An ordered list of benefits
  • Polls can be created which provide public-eye anonymity, encouraging more honest poll results.
  • Poll results will not be swayed by users viewing the existing results of the poll prior to their vote.
  • The current "results viewable to: None" will *really* mean results viewable to none.

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Users would need to make a seperate post or edit the poll post if they wished to relay the results of the poll, which may end up being inaccurate over time as currently LJ polls cannot be closed.
  • Voters don't get the gratification of immediately seeing their vote or the status of the poll, overall.
  • This is a significant change to the way poll results are displayed (especially to logged out and non-registered users) and might have some unfriendly coding implications.

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Polls already read whether or not you have voted, so that same principle should be able to be used to determine whether a user is the poll creator, a user not logged in, a logged in user that has voted, or a logged in user that has not voted and make determinations as to what data to display for each user.
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