a cat named Tempest (isabeau) wrote in suggestions,
a cat named Tempest

Don't notify for blank poll voting

Don't notify for blank poll voting

Short, concise description of the idea
If someone submits a blank (i.e. voteless) poll, don't send an email notification.

Full description of the idea
Polls, on friends/journal pages, will display with the fill-out-this-poll! form until you vote (or if you can't vote or are logged out), elsewise will display with the results. (In both cases you can manually get the other view, through the www.livejournal.com/poll/?id=XXX page, either the "View Poll Results" option or the "Fill out Poll" option, but that requires several clickings.)

In some cases, people will vote without voting -- not select any options, but pressing the "Submit Poll" button -- to trigger the default-to-results behaviour. (I do that with my own polls, and with other peoples' polls that I have no intention of voting in or want to watch the results on or whatever.)

Paid users can get notified of people answering polls they write, which is all well and good, except when answers aren't actually answers. The blank voting shouldn't trigger an email notification, especially since there isn't any additional information -- no changes to the actual poll.

An ordered list of benefits
  • People can do the voteless-voting trick without worrying about whether the poll creator will know / notice / obsess about why they didn't actually vote
  • It would make me happy
  • It would probably make Frank happy too, not that I know why, but anyway.

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • People can't submit a voteless vote as a "none of the above" type vote (though really, it doesn't have much effect for that, because aside from the notification, there's no sign they voted)
  • It might make some people unhappy (what doesn't? :) )

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • On poll submission, add a "is there any actual information" check to the "is the poll creator a paid user" check
  • ???
  • Profit
Tags: notifications, polls, § implemented
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