The idea of players offering a poll or creating a demographic chart that represents favorites of any kind would be just fine. What we have a concern about is someone creating a poll whose results purport to present “certified, verified, irrefutable facts” related to matters of greater sensitivity.
For instance, we want to avoid incendiary or trollish polls, like “Should [person] be tarred and feathered [for doing something that the poll’s creator didn’t like].” That just has no place on the forums. Too, some poll platforms can be “adjusted” to ensure that the alleged outcome is exactly what the poll creator desires. This involves not just biased wording, but the actual configurations of the poll. Then, when the results are presented as “100% of players agree with [something]” the truth is “100% of players who participated in the poll and whose votes were registered and whose input was not disqualified or disabled in some way agree with [something].”
So we’re not opposed to polls as a whole, but ask that they be of a positive, constructive, or even just plain ol’ fun nature.
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