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DrReid November 5th, 2013 4:10pm

Let's talk about poor quality polls designed solely to attack, or make partisan accusations against, one side or the other.

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Mattwall1
11/06/13 7:05 pm

I hate them and try to avoid asking them

firefly5 the verse
11/07/13 11:41 pm

I downvote them and don't answer.

jonfrei the boonies
11/05/13 12:35 pm

How about we refuse to answer them, give them a thumbs down, & move on to the next poll...?

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EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
11/05/13 12:37 pm

Seems the issue is they don't disappear from your list of new polls when you do that. Maybe Tony could make that a feature.

jonfrei the boonies
11/05/13 12:39 pm

It would be nice if Tony gave is an "ignore" option that worked poll-by-poll -- personally I don't have an issue ignoring them for three days until they close...

EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
11/05/13 12:51 pm

With you... But I don't follow a lot of pollsters that annoy me anymore. And the option of downvote= disappear isn't too appealing if you want to return to argue some salient point. Three days isn't too long to wait.

jonfrei the boonies
11/05/13 12:54 pm

I agree - a thumbs-down shouldn't make a poll disappear. Maybe under "Share Poll" he could put an "Ignore" that would only be for that poll, not that user... But until Tony does something, I will just ignore them...

Kay41 the Midwest
11/05/13 12:25 pm

They drive me crazy! I usually just skip them.

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EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
11/05/13 11:33 am

Those that habitually do, I unfollow with some exceptions. Part of the "fun" I get from SoH is being able to jump into the vapid sycophantic echo chambers alongside other users that wallow into the fray and...dunno. I can't say "educate" or "teach"..

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EnderWiggin So disillusioned...
11/05/13 11:35 am

but to let some know that their willful ignorance is palpable, in as non offensive a manner as I can muster. Who knows. Maybe I'll get tired of it soon, but until then, I'll practice and learn from my comrades...but still have places to rest here.

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
11/05/13 11:23 am

I'm okay with biased polls. It's up to each individual user to decide how they want to be seen and what type of polls they want to see.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
11/05/13 12:12 pm

If a poll sparks discussion, why should it matter if they're bias?

DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 2:55 pm

This goes beyond bias, this asks about polls meant specifically to attack one side. These polls shutdown discussion, and produce echo chambers.

citethesource Socialist and Atheist
11/05/13 4:18 pm

I'm okay with that. I think there ought to be social consequences, though.

DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 4:20 pm

That is part of what this poll hopes to do.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/05/13 10:47 am

OK. Let's talk about why there's an "unfollow" button. Two birds with one rock. The only time there's no good solution is when an otherwise rational user "shares" a really bad poll. Those are the times
I wish I could disable that feature.

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DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 11:43 am

That's pretty much what I am talking about.

DrCarpenter A2
11/05/13 10:06 am

I don't follow any users that fall into that group... If I did they would be unfollowed immediately. I don't need that kind of negativity in my life, and neither does anyone else.

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redsox95 New England
11/05/13 10:05 am

Oh like your poll earlier about that video?

DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 10:06 am

How was that attacking anyone? It was just a cute video I thought people would like!

redsox95 New England
11/05/13 10:09 am

Not an attack, but shows bias. Nevermind.

DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 10:10 am

If my answers were, Heartwarming, vs I am heartless. Then you would have a point.

Rob Be Safe Be Smart
11/05/13 9:50 am

With the time I'm able to give the app ain't nobody got time for polls like that. Sure there are one or two people I follow that do this, but that's just so I can chime in if I feel like it. Usually it earns someone an unfollow and I move on.

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Abolitionist Voice of the people
11/05/13 9:36 am

Sometimes they are creative and made for comedy, which is fine with me, it's a break from all the serious polls.

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DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 12:13 pm

I am talking about the ones that aren't.

DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 9:35 am

For people who voted not, is it because you just don't feel like talking about them today, or because you see nothing wrong with taking partisanship personal?

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rons screw politicians
11/05/13 9:48 am

When you say polls I think of SOH. Tony post a lot of polls.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
11/05/13 10:13 am

I don't really feel like talking about the obvious existence. It's just fun to down-rate and watch the foolery. They're laughable. I wish they would stop, but let's be realistic... It's not hard to write an unbiased and clean poll. It really isn't.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
11/05/13 10:14 am

I don't down-rate ALL of them, but the blatantly biased/attack polls.

rons screw politicians
11/05/13 9:24 am

Unfollow them, turn categories off, leave Tony alone!

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susanr Colorado
11/05/13 9:30 am

I don't think DrReid is talking about SOH polls, & those are the only ones you can avoid by unchecking categories.

DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 9:30 am

Sorry, I am not always the best at reading between the lines. How is tony involved again?

susanr Colorado
11/05/13 9:31 am

Yeah, I don't understand that either.

rons screw politicians
11/05/13 9:49 am

When you say polls I think of SOH. Tony post a lot of polls.

DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 10:04 am

Ah, don't worry, I am only referring to user generated polls. Tony rises above that.

rons screw politicians
11/05/13 10:24 am

Some of his polls seem biased to me but that's ok. I like biased polls anyway. They stimulate a response pro or con!

DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 4:19 pm

let me guess, biased against you? ;)

chickencookie It really is
11/05/13 9:22 am

Everyone has the option of not answering a poll.If you don't like the topic or cant relate to the topic or have no knowledge of the topic or think the question is stupid than don't answer.I think thats easier to

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chickencookie It really is
11/05/13 9:22 am

Do than forming a whole poll on it.

DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 9:25 am

I think the problem lies in the fact that the damage caused by purposefully built echo chambers generally seem to spread to the rest of SOH. It harms civil discourse for everyone...

chickencookie It really is
11/05/13 10:25 am

Civil discourse? So why open at all if you think it will upset you. I skip a lot of polls.

DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 12:12 pm

This is not about what personally for offends me, this is about the negativity of echo chambers affecting the atmosphere of SOH as a whole.

trepidhickory Ayy Lmao
11/05/13 9:22 am

vote them down and move on or unfollow them

I wish there was a way to hide polls so o don't have to scroll through so many to get to polls om active in

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susanr Colorado
11/05/13 9:17 am

I'd add... and impossible to answer without claiming something stupid, or that you don't believe. (I've got at least 4 of those in my new poll list right now.)

Let's *not* talk about them. Let's just ignore them, & not vote on them.

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SFLiberal
11/05/13 9:18 am

But I *have* to answer every poll!

chickencookie It really is
11/05/13 9:26 am

Well slf that makes it your problem and not the poll asker. Some polls are flat out stupid. I don't get mad. I just don't answer. In their head they think they are funny. Who am i to deny them that?

susanr Colorado
11/05/13 9:33 am

I *like* to answer every poll - or rather, I like to have a "new" list that doesn't have old stuff I'm ignoring in it - but I simply won't answer some of them.

jvc1133 61535
11/05/13 9:15 am

Not for me, you seem to to be trying to control SoH

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DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 9:22 am

You mean that's what happens when people make one sides polls? This is basically an extension on Tony's "blowout" poll.

DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 9:13 am

I believe the overall question here is that, are these polls or users even worth your time? Do they add or take away from the overall SOH experience?

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TrogdorORL n dimensional
11/05/13 9:13 am

No offense DrReid, however I feel that several of your polls are designed for exactly that...

DrReid Ever present.
11/05/13 9:18 am

Which ones? I never target one side or the other in the questions, and although I will occasionally give my own perspective, I always make it known, nothing is exclusive to one side, because it never is.

SFLiberal
11/05/13 9:12 am

You mean all of rebelfury's polls?

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Axl752 NY
11/05/13 9:34 am

and pinkyusuck's polls...

MadCow True GOP
11/05/13 8:56 pm

Rebel gives conservatives a bad name.